An android resembling Natsume Soseki recites passages from his novel “Ten Nights of Dreams” and responds to questions at Tokyo’s Nishogakusha University on Dec. 8. (Hiraku Toda)

Exalted writer Natsume Soseki has returned as an android 100 years after his death and is reciting his own work.

“Long time no see, everyone,” the lifelike robot said. “It’s been about 100 years, has it not?”

It was unveiled at Tokyo’s Nishogakusha University on Dec. 8, the eve of the 100th anniversary of the death of Soseki (1867-1916).

The android is programmed to speak in the voice of manga columnist Fusanosuke Natsume, the grandson of the writer.

“Thanks for waiting for a hundred years,” the android added, a reference to a famous quote from his “Ten Nights of Dreams.” He then went on to read passages from the short novel.

The robot was produced in a project spearheaded by the university and the research lab of Hiroshi Ishiguro, a professor of robotics at Osaka University, in cooperation with The Asahi Shimbun Co.

When asked to smile to a crowd of people, the poker-faced bot deadpanned, “It’s hard to smile on my own without even listening to ‘rakugo’ comedic storytelling.”

The public can see the robot at the Soseki International Essay Contest award ceremony to be held at Asahi Hall in Tokyo's Yurakucho district from 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 10.

It will then be exhibited at the Yurakucho Asahi Gallery in the same building from 4 p.m. Admission is free of charge.