The 26th Katari Japanese Storytelling Festival – Southern Breeze from Okinawa

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March 2nd, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

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The Japan Foundation, Toronto and the Toronto Storytelling Festival present

The 26th Katari Japanese Storytelling Festival – Southern Breeze from Okinawa







Join us for an afternoon of Japanese folk tales, songs, stories and dance performances at the 26th annual Katari Storytelling Festival. This family-friendly event is presented in cooperation with the Toronto Storytelling Festival. The Katari Japanese Storytellers programme includes traditional and contemporary storytelling for all ages, this year’s selection is inspired by the southern islands of Okinawa in Japan.

Audience: Family
Admission: Free (RSVP required)
Wheelchair Accessibility: Yes

**Registration will open in February 2019**


  1. Koko Kikuchi : Kusuke, an Okinawan folktale 
  2. Toshiki Mori : Jugemu, a man with a long name
  3. Yusuke Tanaka : The Cinderella Boy, Japanese folktale
  4. Jack Howard : The Freezing Tanuki, Japanese folktale
  5. Sachiko Hata-Pereklita : Songs of Okinawa
  6. Sonoe & Yoko : Tanchame, Okinawan dance


2019 Storytellers

Koko Kikuchi

Born in Tohoku, the northeast of Japan, Koko has been involved in Katari since its inception. He specializes in the folktales of his native region of Iwate Prefecture.

Sachiko Hata-Pereklita

Born in Hyogo, Japan, Sachiko is an active community worker and singer at various local community events. She loves painting and teaching Etegami (picture card) crafts.

Jack Howard

Retired librarian at the Royal Ontario Museum, Jack has told stories at the ROM and other venues for over thirty years. Jack feels a particular bond with the traditional fables of East Asia, especially Japan and Korea, and enjoys sharing folktales from those countries.

Toshiki Mori

An actor, storyteller, singer and writer. Toshiki was born and raised in Fukushima, Japan. He started his career as storyteller of Kamishibai  in Toronto and has been actively performing in Montreal and at various schools, libraries and cultural events throughout Toronto.

Yusuke Tanaka

A veteran translator, writer, director of the Katari Storytelling Festival since 1994. He has been telling stories of the Ainu people, and his own adaptations of Japanese folklore in many places including New York, Seoul, Kyoto, Tokyo and Sapporo.

Yoko Hyde and Sonoe Howard

They are members of Urara, a Toronto Odori (Japanese dance) group. They have danced together for many years and are Japanese dance enthusiasts. Their dance depicts life in the fishing village, Tanchame, on the west coast of the island of Okinawa.




*Please note: the library will have extended hours until 5:30 on Sat March 2


March 2nd, 2019 @ 3:00 pm
March 2nd, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
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