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March 24 at JFT: Katari Storytelling

Post  JF on Sat Mar 17, 2012 10:44 am

Saturday, March 24: Katari Japanese Storytelling

Tracking Back Black Current: from Canada to Japan
Traditional and contemporary Japanese stories brought to Canada on the Black Current

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Saturday, March 24, 3-5 pm
Location: The Japan Foundation, Toronto
Address: 131 Bloor St. W., 2nd Floor of the Colonnade Building
Admission: Free
Audience: General
RSVP required: or tel: 416-966-1600 ext. 103

Introduction and Welcome

The Wife’s Portrait

Nathalie Vachon

Yosui Inoue’s Kimerareta Rizumu
read by Sharon Isac

Kimerareta Rizumu
sung by Sachiko Pereklita

Little Monk with Runny Nose
Jack Howard

Route 45
storytelling and singing by Yusuke Tanaka

Intermission (15 min)

The Legend of Sakura
Sharon Isac, Guitar rendition of traditional song Sakura

composed by Naotaro Moriyama, sung by Sachiko Pereklita

It’s Sad Being a Dog
Rakugo by Momo Kano Podolsky

The 2012 Katari Japanese Storytellers

Nathalie Vachon is a painter, writer and storyteller, whose work is described as whimsical, magical and heartwarming. She is thrilled to be a part of the Katari afternoon of storytelling to tell some stories of one of her favorite countries – Japan. Nathalie lived in Osaka for one and a half years.

Sharon Isac, a native of Okayama prefecture, is a former school administrator of a private French immersion school in Toronto. Sharon now studies history and political science while freelancing as an interpreter/translator and a Japanese language instructor. She is one of the founders of Katari Japanese Storytellers.

Sachiko Hata-Pereklita, Born in Hyogo, Japan, Sachiko is a singer, Etegami (picture card) artist and OMNI TV Japanese reporter. She sings at various community events such as the annual year-end Kohaku concert held at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto.

Jack Howard, librarian at the ROM, started telling stories to children and adults at the ROM about more than twenty years ago. Since then, he has told stories at the Japan Foundation, the Festival Week, The Second Story, and at other venues. He feels a special connection with Japan and Korea, and enjoys telling the traditional folk tales from those lands.

Yusuke Tanaka is a former editor of a Japanese Canadian newspaper, freelance translator and lecturer. Since Yusuke and his friends founded Katari Group in 1994, he has been telling Japanese folklore, Ainu stories and his own original stories in many places such as New York City, Seoul, St. Mary’s, Ontario, etc.

Momo Kano Podolsky, Born in Kobe and raised in France and England, Momo is a natural storyteller, singer and sociologist. Currently Graduate Program Administrator of the Department of Ethnic and Pluralism Studies at University of Toronto.


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