Katari Japanese Storytellers

Sachiko Hata-Pereklita Born in Hyogo, Japan, Sachiko is an active community worker and singer at various local community events and she loves painting and teaching Etegami (picture card) craft. Koko Kikuchi Born in Tohoku, the northeast of Japan, Koko has been involved in Katari almost since its inception. He specializes in the folktales of his native region of Iwate, Northern Japan. Yusuke Tanaka A veteran translator, writer, director and co-founder of the Katari since 1994. He has been telling Ainu people’s stories and his own adaptations of Japanese folklore in many places such as New York, Seoul, Kyoto, Tokyo and Sapporo. Noriko Yamamoto A professional dancer, mime, silent storyteller, and visual artist. Since moving to Toronto from Tokyo in 1994, Noriko has added Nia to her repertoire. She performs regularly at schools, libraries, festivals, and at various other events. Nathalie Vachon A writer/storyteller and painter whose work is described as whimsical, magical and heartwarming. She lived in Osaka for a year and a half and loves to share, hear stories and travel back into memories of Japan and Asia. Rui Umezawa A Toronto writer and storyteller. His novel, The Truth About Death and Dying was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize for Best First Book. His past participation in Katari inspired his latest publication, Strange Tales Afar: Tales of the Supernatural from Old Japan. Seung Ah Kim is a frequent visitor to Toronto. She is the founder of “Arirang Storytelling Concert”; an ambassador of Korean culture around the world and Korea’s first contemporary professional storyteller.