March 27: Katari Japanese Storytellers at the Japan Foundation

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March 27: Katari Japanese Storytellers at the Japan Foundation

Post  JF on Thu Mar 18, 2010 10:21 pm

The Katari Japanese Storytellers Present:

"See You in Your Dreams"

Featuring traditional and contemporary Japanese stories performed in English and accompanied by music!

WHEN: Saturday, March 27, 3:00 - 5:00 pm [Doors open at 2:30 pm]

WHERE: The Japan Foundation , Toronto , 131 Bloor Street West , 2nd Floor


RSVP REQUIRED: 416-966-1600 x103 or

FOR MORE INFORMATION: call 416-966-2935 or email

Stories are performed in English, with some Japanese words.

For ages 10 and up.

- Programme -

3:00 "Four Ironwood Trees" Hawaiian Ghost Story - Tane Akamatsu

"Rooster" Korean story – Jack Howard

“Ishikari Banka Elegy” story and song Ishikari – Yusuke Tanaka

3:45 Intermission

4:00 "Karaoke, Kimono and Our Very Own Julie Andrews" - Nathalie Vachon

"Grandmother" - Noriko Yamamoto

MC: Sharon Isac

The 2010 Katari Japanese Storytellers

Tane Akamatsu is a fourth generation Nikkei from Hawaii . Her ancestors hail from Hiroshima . She speaks English, Japanese and Pidgin (the Hawaiian Creole dialect), and knows American Sign Language. She collects and tells ghost stories from Japan and Hawaii .

Jack Howard is a librarian at the Far Eastern Library of the Royal Ontario Museum . Jack loves to tell the traditional stories of Japan , Korea and China . They hold in their depths the wisdom of the ages.

While working as the editor of a Japanese newspaper, Yusuke Tanaka and his friends founded Katari Group in 1994. He has been delivering his stories in New York City and Seoul . He has translated a couple of books and had them published in Japan .

Nathalie Vachon is a painter, writer/storyteller and performer living in Toronto.She is thrilled to be a part of the Katari evening of storytelling to tell some adventures of one of her favorite countries – Japan . Nathalie lived in Osaka for one and a half years.

Noriko Yamamoto is a mime and silent storyteller. She has performed at a variety of events and places since moving here in 1994: indoor and outdoor festivals, schools, libraries, television, hospitals, museums, corporate events, daycares and theatre.

Sharon Isac is an educator who taught at a French immersion school for nearly 20 years. Sharon was one of the founders of Katari Japanese Storytellers.


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