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Motoko and Eshu will be the featured headliners for the 31st annual Connecticut Storytelling Festival in New London, CT on April 28, 2012! They will premier their latest joint program, “Chicken-Fried Sushi: Stories to Nourish the Soul.” Don’t miss this special day! Check http://www.connstorycenter.org/festival.htm for more info
Motoko’s new CD is finally available! Like a Lotus Flower: Girlhood Tales from Japan is a collection of Motoko’s personal and family stories set in a rich tapestry of contemporary Japan. Listen and discover the charm of a public bathhouse, what a “barcode” means for Japanese men, and how Motoko and Eshu can turn Cherry Blossom song into a rap! (It's called SakuRAP:) (Click here)
The National Storytelling Network awards the 2009 J.J. Reneaux Mentorship Grant to Dustin Loehr of Arizona, with Motoko serving as his mentor! Motoko is thrilled to take on this new and exciting role. The Grant is designed to “help a gifted young teller (18-30 years of age) develop performance skills by working with a seasoned, well-respected teller.” Check www.storynet.org for more info.
Motoko’s lovely voice and enchanting music lead listeners through a wonderful selection of Asian folktales. ---NAPPA
Motoko’s appearance as a New Voice Featured Teller at the 2007
National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee, was a smashing
success! It has led to many Festival engagements across the U.S. such
The combination of skill, talent and ability to translate emotion to motion created entertaining and exciting imagery. Motoko puts the audience on an emotional roller coaster. She takes you up, down, upside down and lets you off feeling exhilarated and charged up
Her show was a winner.