Experiment Results 実験結果

I’m back in Tokyo.

Although I was hoping to find something, I did not come across a single thing that was rakugo related on my way from Portland to my Tokyo apartment. I might add, however, I did not find anything to do with traditional Japanese performing arts (eg., nô, kyôgen, kabuki, bunraku, etc.) either.

Unlike Japan Airlines and ANA, Delta Airlines doesn’t seem to offer Japanese comedy (rakugo, manzai, comic variety programs) on their flights to Japan. They do have a selection of Japanese movies though…

Fortunately, I did bring a rakugo book with me, so I was not completely without rakugo on the flight.





International Rakugo Experiment 国際落語実験

I am going to return to Tokyo today.

I will take a direct flight from Portland International to Narita International Airport.

Rakugo is a big part of my life because I am interested in the art and I actively seek it out. I wonder, though, how long would it take one to see or hear something rakugo related if s/he didn’t seek it out?

Today I will conduct an experiment from the moment I take off from Portland until I arrive at my Bunkyô-ku apartment. Will I come across anything rakugo related on my journey? I will let you know after I get home tomorrow. See you then!





Study Hard, Play Hard よく学び、よく遊べ

There is a Japanese saying that goes, “study hard, play hard,” (yoku manabi, yoku asobe). Though I will spend most of 2013 working to finish writing my dissertation, I am also going to make an effort to enjoy myself by doing some things other than writing.

Rakugo is great to write about, but its much more enjoyable to perform. I am therefore very grateful to already have a couple of opportunities to perform English rakugo lined up for 2013.

I have been asked to perform rakugo at Portland Community College (Sylvania campus) on February 7, 2013, at 1:00 p.m., and I will probably do a rakugo story at student show I will be co-directing at Portland State University on June 6, 2013, at 7:00 p.m.

Stay tuned for more details and flyers.

I will also travel to Japan for about a month in February and March. During that time I will conduct some research, buy some more used books, and listen to as much live rakugo as possible.

After all… all work and no play makes Matt a dull boy.