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My name is Kanariya Eishi (Hiroshi), an English Rakugo performer and actor based in New Zealand. I am a lover of art, books, comedy, and peace.
For the last 3 years, I have dedicated myself to performing and promoting Rakugo, a Japanese traditional art of comedy storytelling, in English language in New Zealand.
As of today, I am the only English Rakugo performer in the country. This is my passion and life work, and I am grateful that I have so far got to perform at public libraries, schools, retirement homes, and various events.
I mainly work on the voluntary basis with some funding and donations, but as you can imagine I am not the richest person on earth.
If you kindly would like to support my work, you could "buy me a coffee" here!
Unless specified, I will NOT buy a coffee but use the money towards travel expenses, venue hire, and other admin costs.
Thank you so very much!
Love your work!
Wishing you the best in 2020!
Thank you so very much for your generous support!!! 😃 I am constantly humbled by the extent of people's warmth, kindness, and generosity in my rakugo journey. I will pay it forward not only through rakugo but through my life to make this world a better place. A big thank you to you!!!
Thank you so very much, Karen, for your support!!! Doing rakugo and making it work in New Zealand might be a crazy idea, but supportive people like you really help me keep pursuing this path!!! A big thank you to you!!!