The recipient of the National Storytelling Network's 2017 Circle of Excellence Award, Motoko has enchanted audiences of every age since 1993. Her repertoire includes Asian folktales, Rakugo and Zen tales, ghost stories, mime vignettes, as well as oral memoirs from her childhood in Osaka, Japan, and her life as an immigrant in the U.S. Her latest work includes 'RADIANT: Stories from Fukushima,', an original one-woman multimedia performance on Japan's 2011 nuclear power plant meltdown.
As a teaching artist, Motoko has been awarded numerous grants for her residency programs on creative writing, Japanese culture, Ancient China, and origami geometry. Her story recordings have won a Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award, a Storytelling World Award, and a National Parenting Publications Award. She is the author of A Year in Japan: Folktales, Songs and Art for the Classroom. Learn more about Motoko - www.folktales.net
Her topic is 'Community in Crisis: Storytelling as an Act of Empathy'. We are increasingly divided over global concerns that offer no easy solutions, with fear and cynicism undermining our spirit of community. In this workshop participants take a look at their own communities and recognize the diversity of views among their members. Using storytelling and theater exercises, they explore an issue from multiple perspectives, and attempt to fully imagine lives of the people whose opinions vastly differ from their own with respect and compassion.
Teaching Artist, Author