Instrument/Discipline: Storytelling (in English)
Professional Name (芸名): Motoko
Do you teach? Yes
Do you perform? Yes
A native of Osaka, Japan, and a graduate of International Christian University (Mitaka, Tokyo,) Motoko has made Massachusetts her home since 1986. She trained with the late master mime Tony Montanaro (1927-2002). Since 1993, Motoko has performed professionally in K-12 schools, libraries, museums, universities and festivals across the U.S. Motoko's repertoire includes Asian folktales, Zen tales, comical tales from rakugo (a Japanese traditional style of storytelling), funny mime vignettes, as well as personal stories from her childhood in Japan and her life as an immigrant in the U.S. She also offers K-12 classroom workshops and residencies on Japanese culture, Chinese culture, creative writing, and storytelling.
Motoko has appeared on “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” and in an educational video by Harcourt, and also has been awarded numerous grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and New York State BOCES for her arts-in-education programs. In 2003, Motoko toured Miyazaki, Japan, as a part of CarnegieKids in Miyazaki Project, sponsored by Carnegie Hall.
Her debut CD, The Promise of Chrysanthemums won a 2002 Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award, a 2003 Storytelling World Award, and a 2007 National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA). Her third CD, Like a Lotus Flower: Girlhood Tales from Japan was released in 2009. The long-awaited 2nd edition of Motoko's book A Year in Japan: Folktales, Songs and Art for the Classroom will be available in January 2012.
In October 2011 Motoko made her third featured appearance at the prestigious National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee.
Motoko offers workshops and residencies on Japanese and Chinese cultures (K-5), creative writing (K-8), and storytelling (all ages.) She has age-appropriate story performances for PreK-Grade 12, families, and adults.
References will be furnished upon request.