Speaker

Diane Kichijitsu

Diane Kichijitsu

Japan, Laughter Yoga Teacher / Laughter Ambassador / Rakugo Comedian
http://www.diane-o.com

Born in Liverpool, England, now living in Japan, Diane Kichijitsu has made a name for herself as a performer of Rakugo, the traditional Japanese art of storytelling, performing throughout Japan and overseas.


Rakugo stories are usually humorous in nature, and it is laughter that unites all the threads of Diane’s career. In addition to performing Rakugo, Diane is also a professional speaker, balloon artist and Laughter Yoga Teacher. She has shared laughter with thousands of people in almost 30 countries via a unique blend of entertainment and education. She holds performances, workshops, seminars and Laughter Yoga sessions at a wide variety of venues.


Diane realized the true importance of laughter during her time spent volunteering after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan in 2011. Performing Rakugo and giving balloon shows and workshops in the area’s evacuation centers was a life-changing experience, one that helped her both reaffirm and reevaluate her career choice as an entertainer, sharing smiles and bringing laughter to people in times of stress and trauma.


Her experiences inspired her to go to India to study Laughter Yoga with Dr Kataria, and she now incorporates Laughter Yoga into most of her shows, as well as conducting sessions exclusively focused on Laughter Yoga.


Diane’s Rakugo, balloons, seminars, talks and Laughter Yoga workshops are all based on the importance of laughter in our lives.


At the conference, Diane will be giving a Rakugo performance.

Workshops

Rakugo Japanese Sit-Down Comedy I It is not a workshop but a performance I 24th of June 2017 I 8.00 - 8.30 pm