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2017.03.05
by diane

This is how it feels to jump out of a plane and pass through the clouds. AMAZING experience! 
This was my 3rd time skydiving but my first time jumping through a cloud.
Can't...

2016.11.01
by diane

Had a nice, relaxed interview with a company that publishes English textbooks for schools in Japan.
We talked about how Rakugo in English is a nice combination of culture,...

2016.10.31
by diane

Never underestimate a British woman who lives in Japan. 
Yeah! Especially a scouser. Lol.

2015.08.11
by diane

Every summer, Katsura Kaishi and I perform a Summer Holiday Rakugo in English at the Hanjotei Rakugo Theatre in Osaka. There's always a good turnout and the audiences are always great. This...

2015.08.07
by diane

I was a guest on MBS radio's breakfast show, 'Komori Yasunori's Asa Kara Tenkomori' this morning with Yasunori Komori & Miki Takai. (子守康範 朝からてんコモリ! - With 子守康範、高井美紀)
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2015.07.01
by diane

My first visit to Durham. What a beautiful city. I wore my new purple kimono, which also turned out to be the colours of Durham University. Perfect! What a wonderful mixture of people in the...

2015.07.01
by diane

I performed Rakugo and gave a talk about Japanese culture at the University of Sofia in Bulgaria. The audience at the Rakugo show was fantastic. Everyone was so warm and welcoming and their...

2015.03.16
by diane

Cherry blossom season is almost here. My favourite time of year in Japan. 
Everyone is starting to talk about cherry blossom parties under the trees. Such a wonderful season.
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2015.01.07
by diane

Year of the Sheep.
Wishing you all a wonderful New Year.
I hope 2015 brings lots of exciting opportunities and adventures.
 
   Warm wishes,

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2014.10.13
by diane

Had a wonderful time at the British Fair yesterday.
 It is a great annual event that takes place at Hankyu Department Store in Osaka. It's getting more and more popular each year...

2014.09.19
by diane

Happy to laugh with so many people who suffered so much after the 2011 earthquake & tsunami.

2014.09.17
by diane

I went to Tokyo to record a TV special for NHK (NHK Special Series Nippon Shinsei). The title was 'TOKYO Omotenashi Daisakusen' and was to discuss preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics....

2014.09.16
by diane

The annual Hikohachi Matsuri, Rakugo festival, was held at Ikutama Shrine on September 6th & 7th. I had a show in Iwate,Tohoku on the 6th (Saturday) but I was able to take part on the...

2014.09.04
by diane

Another 3 days of great shows at the Hanjotei Rakugo Theatre in Osaka. The Summer Rakugo Show in English is an annual event and is almost always sold out. It's a lovely theatre and is located...

2014.09.02
by diane

If you look through this magazine, you can find me smiling at you from the pages! クーリエ・ジャポン-10月号. 私の「ニッポン論」(My Japan).
On sale in main bookshops - Kinokuniya, Asahiya etc....

2014.07.27
by diane

  I love summer festivals. Being an entertainer, I’m usually working on one of the boats or acting as an MC for groups of foreign visitors but this year I went to the festival with...

2014.07.21
by diane

Had a fun day trying to stay cool in the mountain river in Mino-o, Osaka. An old friend was back in Japan. We met when I first arrived in Japan in 1990. He now lives overseas but was back for...

2014.07.09
by diane

Here's the link to an article and video on the Japan Foundation website, 'MARUGOTO Life & Culture Lab'.

Japanese version: 
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