27 Oct, 5.00pm

Big Bites Cafe
Free Admission (Registration required)

Organised by The Japan Foundation and the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia, in partnership with Johor Bahru: International Festival City - JBIFC

Celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Malaysia-Japan diplomatic relations!


Diane Kichijitsu hails from Liverpool, England and is a popular performer of the Japanese traditional art of comic storytelling known as Rakugo, entertaining audiences with stories in both English and Japanese.

Originally working in London as a graphic designer, she decided she wanted to see the world, and arrived in Japan in 1990 as a part of her backpacking travels. She was introduced to the world of Rakugo when she worked as a stage assistant for the late Katsura Shijaku, the pioneer of Rakugo in English, and soon took up the art herself, performing a variety of genres from classic works to original stories she developed herself. Employing a plethora of ingenious dramatic techniques on the stage, she is loved by audiences of all ages from young children to senior citizens for her ‘Easy to understand Rakugo’. Her performances are highly rated for their mix of humorous anecdotes drawn from her travels in over fifty countries, her surprising encounters in Japan, and her keen observations of cultural differences.

Along with her other talent as a balloon artist, it can surely be said that Diane pours her energy into building bridges and connecting the world through the power of ‘Laughter’.