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Past Events
  2004
  April 25 3:30–4 Cupertino, CA Cherry Blossom Festival
        Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk in the Quinlan Community Center. Free
         
  May 2 11–2 San Jose, CA Nikkei Matsuri
        Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino — and storyteller Elisabeth L — perform Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk at the Nichi Bei Bussan store in Japantown. Free
         
  May 23 11–4 Saratoga, CA Hakone Matsuri
        Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk next to the koi pond at Hakone Gardens. Free (parking charge may apply)
         
  Tuesday
July 27
3–3:30 San Jose, CA Storytime, San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum
        Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk.  
         
  Thursday
July 29
2–3:00 San Carlos, CA Children’s Storytime, San Carlos Community Library
        Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk. Free
         
  Saturday
Aug. 7
2–3:00 Los Altos, CA Courtyard Performance, Linden Tree Bookstore
        Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk. Free
         
  Saturday
Aug. 14
12–12:30 San Jose, CA Storytime, San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum
        Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk.  
         
  Sunday
Oct. 3
noon–1:00 San Jose, CA Storytime, San Jose Children’s Discovery Museum
        Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk.
         
  Saturday
Nov 6
1–2:00 San Mateo, CA Presentation, Asian American Curriculum Project
        Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka and teacher Erika Shimahara will demonstrate ways to use storycards in education. Children, parents, and teachers are welcome. Refreshments will be provided. Free
         
  Friday
Nov 19
10–5:30 Sacramento, CA Annual Conference, California School Library Association
        Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka explains why kamishibai storytelling is ideal for libraries.
         
  Saturday
Nov 20
10–3:30 Sacramento, CA Annual Conference, California School Library Association
        Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka explains why kamishibai storytelling is ideal for libraries.
         
  Saturday
Nov 20
12–12:30 Mountain View, CA Reading Day, Mountain View Public Library
        Storycard Theater author David Battino performs Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk. Free
         
  Tuesday
Dec 28
10:45–11:15 Yellow Springs, OH Performance, Yellow Springs Community Library
        On their first midwestern tour, Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk.
         
  2005
  Feb 18–20 all day Santa Clara, CA California Association of Teaching of English (CATE) Conference, Santa Clara Convention Center
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka explains the benefits of kamishibai storytelling for English teachers.
         
  March 4–6 all day Sacramento, CA California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) Conference, Sacramento Convention Center
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka appears at the Linden Tree booth to discuss the benefits of kamishibai storytelling in education.
         
  March 11 6:00 San Francisco, CA “Reading the World” Conference Reception, University of San Francisco
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk. (Conference continues through the weekend, with books available for sale.)
         
  March 12 9–4 Santa Clara, CA Academic Success Conference, Santa Clara County Office of Education
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka explains the benefits of kamishibai storytelling in education.
         
  March 17 9–11 San Jose, CA Storytelling Performance for Kindergarteners, De Vargas Elementary School (Cupertino School District)
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka performs Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk. Free (De Vargas students only)
         
  Saturday,
April 16
1:00 &
3:00
San Francisco, CA Cherry Blossom Festival, Kinokuniya Bookstore
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk at the Japantown Kinokuniya bookstore, as part of the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival. Free
         
  Saturday,
April 23
2–2:30 Cupertino, CA Cherry Blossom Festival, Cupertino Memorial Park
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk in the Quinlan Community Center. Free
         
  Saturday,
May 7
1:45–2:15 San Mateo, CA Performance, San Mateo City Library
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk as part of the library’s Asian Heritage Spotlight program (PDF). Free
         
  Sunday,
May 15
11–4 Saratoga, CA Hakone Festival, Hakone Gardens
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk next to the koi pond at these classic Japanese gardens. Free (parking charge may apply)
         
  Sat & Sun,
May 21 & 22
10–4 El Sobrante, CA
(near Berkeley)
Bay Area Storytelling Festival, Kennedy Grove
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka appears at the Linden Tree booth.
         
  Sunday,
July 10
1:30–2 San Jose, CA Obon Festival, San Jose Buddhist Church
      Storycard Theater author David Battino performs Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk in conjunction with the Asian American Curriculum Project. Free
         
  2006
  Saturday,
March 18
2:00 Sunnyvale, CA Storytelling Festival, Sunnyvale Public Library
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform Momotaro. Free
         
  Saturday,
April 29
2:00 Cupertino, CA Cherry Blossom Festival, Cupertino Memorial Park
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk in the Quinlan Community Center. Free
         
  Tuesday,
May 2
2:00–2:40 Cupertino, CA School Visit, Cupertino Middle School
      Storycard Theater author David Battino demonstrates kamishibai storytelling for the 6th grade World Cultures class—and discusses the students’ original kamishibai.
         
  Saturday,
May 20
9:30–10:45 Pasadena, CA Presentation, West Coast Literacy Conference
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino present “The Joy of Kamishibai — Traditional Japanese Storytelling in the Modern Classroom.”
         
  Tuesday,
May 23
10:50–12:05 San Rafael, CA School Visit, St. Mark’s School
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka discusses and demonstrates kamishibai storytelling with the 2nd grade classes.
         
  Saturday,
June 3
noon San Jose, CA Open House, Milligan News
(for teachers and librarians only)
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino present Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk at the headquarters of our newest distributor. Teachers and librarians get free coffee, tea, and educational materials, plus a one-time 30% discount for school and personal purchases. Free
         
  Wednesday,
June 7
7:00 p.m. Palo Alto, CA Storytime, Palo Alto Public Library (Mitchell Park Branch)
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka performs Momotaro, Jack & the Beanstalk, and other kamishibai. Free
         
  Sunday,
July 9
1:00 San Jose, CA Obon Festival, San Jose Buddhist Church
      Storycard Theater authors David Battino and Hazuki Kataoka perform Momotaro and Jack & the Beanstalk in conjunction with the Asian American Curriculum Project. Free
         
  Saturday,
August 26
1:00–2:00 Sebastopol, CA FOO Camp Presentation, O’Reilly Media
      At this renowned annual gathering of top technologists, Storycard Theater author David Battino demonstrates why kamishibai is “PowerPoint for People,” providing insights on better data visualization and presentation skills. Special guest: Momotaro illustrator Mario Uribe.
         
  Saturday,
Sept 23
1:30–2:45 San Jose, CA Early Childhood Best Practices Conference, Santa Clara County Office of Education
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino present a workshop for educators on the benefits of kamishibai storytelling in the classroom. (Presentation title: “The Joy of Kamishibai: Traditional Japanese Storytelling in the Modern Classroom.”)
         
  Saturday,
Sept 30
1–4 Newark, CA WIN Guide Reception, Kennedy Elementary School
      Sponsored by the Northern California Children’s Booksellers Association, the fifth annual Writers and Illustrators Network (WIN) Guide reception shows educators how to host successful author and illustrator visits. Storycard Theater authors David Battino and Hazuki Kataoka will share their books and describe their school workshops and performances. The $10 entrance fee includes refreshments and a copy of the latest WIN Guide.
         
  Friday,
Nov 17
11:15–12:15 Sacramento, CA Presentation, California School Library Association Conference, Room 317
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino demonstrate and discuss the benefits of kamishibai storytelling in schools.
         
  2007
  Saturday,
January 13
9:15–10:45 a.m. Pacific Grove, CA Workshop, Santa Clara County Reading Council Asilomar Conference
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino present “The Joy of Kamishibai: Reading Becomes Storytelling,” at the 25th annual meeting of this famed reading education conference.
         
  Saturday,
February 24
2:45–3:45 San Francisco, CA Workshop, University of San Francisco School of Education
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino present a kamishibai workshop for educators at the ninth annual Reading the World conference.
         
  Friday,
March 9
9:15–12 Saratoga, CA Authors’ Day, St. Andrew’s School
      Storycard Theater author David Battino shares kamishibai history and performs several Storycard Theater dramas to kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades.
         
  Saturday,
March 10
2:30–4 San Jose, CA Workshop, California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) Conference, San Jose Convention Center
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino present a workshop on the benefits of kamishibai storytelling for younger students.
         
  Wednesday,
March 21
3:30 p.m. Palo Alto, CA Storytime, Palo Alto Library
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka performs Momotaro the Peach Boy, Jack & the Beanstalk, and several traditional kamishibai from Japan. For ages 3–12. Free
         
  Saturday,
March 24
11:00 a.m. San Jose, CA Performance, Vineland Branch Library, Community Room
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform Momotaro the Peach Boy, Jack & the Beanstalk, and—if the artwork is ready—our newest kamishibai story as well. Free
         
  Sunday,
April 29
2:00–2:25 Cupertino, CA Cherry Blossom Festival, Cupertino Memorial Park
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform a variety of kamishibai stories in the Quinlan Community Center. Free
         
  Monday,
May 14
9:30 a.m. Shaker Heights, OH School Visit, Boulevard Elementary
      Storycard Theater author David Battino performs a variety of kamishibai dramas and shares kamishibai history with second-graders.
         
  Sat & Sun,
May 19 & 20
10:30, 12,
1:30, 3:00
San Mateo, CA Performance, Maker Faire
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform a variety of kamishibai dramas at this amazing arts and crafts faire, sponsored by Make and Craft magazines. (David also writes for Make.) Last year’s event featured everything from fire-belching robots to textile art, all with a hands-on, family-friendly style.
         
  Saturday,
June 9
11 a.m. San Mateo, CA Performance, San Mateo Public Library (main branch)
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform a variety of kamishibai dramas for the Family Storytime program. Free
         
  Thursday,
June 21
9 a.m. San Jose, CA School Visit, Bethel Church School
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform kamishibai dramas for the church’s preschool and kindergarten.
         
  Sunday, July 15 1:30 San Jose, CA Obon Festival, San Jose Buddhist Church
      Storycard Theater authors David Battino and Hazuki Kataoka perform outdoor kamishibai dramas in conjunction with the Asian American Curriculum Project. Free
         
  Aug 17—19 Continuous Sacramento, CA Workshop & Performance, California Home Schooling Conference
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino demonstrate how kamishibai storytelling helps teach children multiculturalism, history, writing, editing, performance skills, teamwork, and more.
         
  Saturday,
Sept 29
1–4 Redwood City, CA WIN Guide Reception, Redwood City Public Library
      Sponsored by the Northern California Children’s Booksellers’ Association, the sixth annual Writers and Illustrators Network (WIN) Guide reception shows educators how to host successful author and illustrator visits. Storycard Theater authors David Battino and Hazuki Kataoka return to share their books and describe their school workshops and performances. The $10 entrance fee includes refreshments and a copy of the latest WIN Guide.
         
  Saturday,
Oct 13
10:28 a.m. Santa Clara, CA Multicultural Entertainment Extravaganza, Mission City Center for Performing Arts
      Storycard Theater authors David Battino and Hazuki Kataoka tell classic kamishibai tales in the Peninsula Library System’s fifth annual showcase of international talent. Each performer gets just ten minutes to explain the cultural background of his artform and wow the audience.
         
  Oct 26–29 3:45–5:00 Long Beach, CA Workshop, California Library Association (CLA) Conference
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino present “The Joy of Kamishibai: Turn Reading into Storytelling with Japanese Paper Theater.”
         
  Saturday, Nov 17 10:45–11:45 Ontario, CA Workshop, California School Library Association (CSLA) Conference
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino demonstrate how kamishibai can inspire children to develop literacy and enable librarians to tell stories rather than simply reading them. The session explores kamishibai history from Tokyo street performance to modern Japanese education, showing how kamishibai can transform storytime into a dynamic, multicultural experience.
         
  2008
  Saturday,
Jan 19
9:15–10:15 a.m. Pacific Grove, CA Workshop, Santa Clara County Reading Council Asilomar Reading Conference
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka presents “The Joy of Kamishibai: Turning Reading into Storytelling,” at the 26th annual meeting of this famed reading education conference.
         
  Saturday,
Feb 2
2:30 p.m. Palo Alto, CA Storytime, Palo Alto Library, Mitchell Park Branch
      Return engagement! Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka performs Momotaro the Peach Boy, The Moon Princess, and several traditional kamishibai stories from Japan. For ages 3–12. Free
         
  Saturday, Feb 16 2:45–3:45 San Francisco, CA Workshop, University of San Francisco School of Education
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino present “The Joy of Kamishibai: Traditional Japanese Storytelling in the Modern Classroom,” a workshop for educators at the tenth annual Reading the World conference.
         
  Friday,
April 4
4:45–6 Long Beach, CA Workshop, California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) Conference, Long Beach Convention Center
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino present “The Joy of Kamishibai: Discover Japanese Paper Theater Storytelling.” Description: Experience how the visual storytelling format called kamishibai can help children develop literacy and enable teachers to tell stories rather than simply reading them. This format is especially effective for young children, special-needs and English learners. Discuss kamishibai lesson plans, learn how to make kamishibai decks, and acquire insider performance techniques from experienced storytellers.
         
  Friday,
April 11
3:30–5 Santa Clara, CA Workshop, CalSAC Afterschool Conference
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino present a kamishibai workshop for afterschool professionals at the California School-Age Consortium’s 26th annual conference. Highlights include kamishibai history and activities for kids.
         
  Sunday,
April 27
2:00–2:25 Cupertino, CA Cherry Blossom Festival, Cupertino Memorial Park
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform a variety of kamishibai stories in the Quinlan Community Center. Free
         
  Sat & Sun,
May 3 & 4
Ongoing San Mateo, CA Ongoing Performance, Maker Faire
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform a variety of kamishibai dramas at this amazing arts and crafts faire, sponsored by Make and Craft magazines. (David also writes for Make.) Last year’s event featured everything from a human-powered hamster wheel to drag-racing cupcakes, all with a hands-on, family-friendly style.
         
  Thu, May 8 2:45–3:30 Sunnyvale, CA Presentation, West Valley Elementary School Young Authors’ Fair
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform kamishibai dramas and share the kamishibai writing and publishing process with K–5 students.
         
  Fri, May 9 1:10–2:10 San Francisco, CA Japanese Storytelling Workshop, Bay Area Independent School Librarians’ Conference
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino bring kamishibai to BAISL’s annual meeting at the Bay School, exploring the fascinating history of kamishibai and its benefits for school librarians.
         
  Sat, May 10 3:00 San Mateo, CA Performance, Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform original and imported kamishibai dramas at San Mateo’s 8th annual Asian cultural festival. Free
         
  Jun 27–
Jul 1
10–5 Anaheim, CA Exhibiton, American Library Association Conference, Booth 595
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka displays original kamishibai dramas to the nation’s librarians and explains how to use kamishibai to bring a dramatic, multicultural passion to library storytimes.
         
  Thu, July 31 6:30–7:15 p.m. Roseville, CA Performance, Good Stuff for Kids Conference (PDF), Roseville Community Preschool
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform original and imported kamishibai dramas at educator Bev Bos’s acclaimed annual conference, which “explores what it means to be truly child-centered and seeks to renew the spirit of adults who work with children.” Call 800-959-5549 or visit TurnThePage.com for registration information.
         
  Wed, Aug 13 2 p.m. San Leandro, CA Storytime, San Leandro Public Library (main branch)
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform original and imported kamishibai dramas for children. Free
         
  Sat, Aug 16 10:45 Sacramento, CA Performance, California Home Schooling Conference, room 305
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform original and imported kamishibai dramas for children, including The Moon Princess, which we previewed at this conference last year.
         
  Sept 5–
Oct 4
Ongoing Santa Rosa, CA Exhibition, Uribe Studios/Backstreet Gallery
      Momotaro illustrator Mario Uribe and poet Viola Weinberg present ENSÔ: Twenty-Four Circles/One Poem, an exhibition of Mario’s Zen brush paintings paired with Viola’s poetry. Free
Premiere: 5–8 p.m., September 5.
Reception
and informal talk with the artists: 6–8 p.m., September 20. Call (707) 303-5925 for more information or a gallery appointment.
         
  Nov 24–25 1–2:15 Long Beach, CA Workshop, California Association of Private School Organizations (CAPSO), Long Beach Convention Center
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battno demonstrate how kamishibai storytelling helps teach children multiculturalism, history, writing, editing, performance skills, teamwork, and more.
         
  Saturday,
Dec 13
11:15–noon San Rafael, CA Keynote, Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA) Monthly Meeting
      Storycard Theater author David Battino presents “Your Book Is Just the Beginning: The Holistic Process of Publishing.” While contrasting the benefits and drawbacks of traditional and self-publishing, David explains how the knowledge and enthusiasm that lead authors to write can flow naturally into the activities needed to bring their work to life: marketing, sales, presentations, and consulting. As a longtime Web publisher, David gives special attention to online opportunities. Non-members: $5
         
  Sunday,
Dec 28
10 a.m. Goes Station, OH Performance, Yellow Springs Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
      Storycard Theater authors David Battino and Hazuki Kataoka perform two stories for the fellowship’s year-end service. The theme, “Out of the Darkness,” is about leaving sorrows and regrets behind and moving toward hope and positive aspirations. Free
         
  Monday,
Dec 29
1:30–2:30 Yellow Springs, OH Performance, Yellow Springs Community Library
        Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform a selection of original and imported kamishibai stories. Free
         
  2009
  Saturday,
Jan 17
1–2 p.m. Pacific Grove, CA Workshop, Santa Clara County Reading Council Asilomar Reading Conference
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka presents “The Joy of Kamishibai: Turning Reading into Storytelling,”our third appearance at this famed reading education conference.
         
  Saturday,
Feb 7
11:20 a.m. Fremont, CA Bay Views ACL Performers’ Showcase, Fremont Main Library
      The annual Bay Views Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California (ACL) Performers’ Showcase offers the opportunity to meet and evaluate a variety of children’s performers active in the Bay Area. Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino will introduce their kamishibai storytelling program.
         
  Saturday,
Feb 7
2:30 Palo Alto, CA Storytime, Palo Alto Library, Mitchell Park Branch
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka returns for the third year to perform Momotaro the Peach Boy, Jack & the Beanstalk, and several imported kamishibai from Japan. For ages 3–12. Free
         
  Wednesday,
Feb 18
3:45–4:30 Saratoga, CA Storytime, Saratoga Library
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka performs Storycard Theater kamishibai plus several imported stories from Japan. For ages 3–10. Free
         
 

Saturday,
March 21

8–5 San Anselmo, CA “Get Published!” Workshop, Bay Area Independent Publishers Association (BAIPA)
      Storycard Theater author and webmaster David Battino leads a breakout group on Web presence and contributes to the “Ask a Pro” panel at BAIPA’s intensive annual workshop on independent publishing and book marketing. (See also “The $5 Self-Publishing Workshop.”)
         
 

Saturday,
March 28

10 a.m. Sacramento, CA Workshop, California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) Conference, Sacramento Convention Center
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino present “Japanese Paper Theater Storytelling: Interactive Culture for Your Classroom.” This workshop will demonstrate how the visual storytelling format called kamishibai can help children develop literacy and enable teachers to tell stories rather than simply reading them. Participants will discuss kamishibai lesson plans, learn how to make their own kamishibai decks, and learn insider performance techniques from experienced storytellers. Target audience: Teachers and directors seeking a better way to involve children in reading, storytelling, and world culture.
         
 

Saturday,
April 4

11 a.m.–6 p.m. Washington, D.C. Performance, National Cherry Blossom Festival
     

Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform kamishibai at the nation’s largest Japanese street festival, covering six blocks in downtown Washington, D.C. “From sushi to origami, from sumo to sake, [you’ll find] Japanese arts and crafts and products of all kinds,” says the organizer. “Anime, manga, and J-Pop music. Traditional dances and dramatic taiko drums. If it’s Japanese, it’s at our Festival!” We’ll be in the Children’s Corner on Pennsylvania Avenue near 12th Street.

         
  Thu,
May 28
1:30–2:30 Saratoga, CA Kamishibai Drawing Workshop, Saratoga Public Library
      Storycard Theater artist Kazumi Verkler will present her stories and discuss the kamishibai illustration process in this afterschool program for teenagers. Free
         
  Sat,
May 30
ongoing San Mateo, CA Performance, Maker Faire
      Storycard Theater author David Battino returns for the third year to perform a variety of kamishibai dramas at this amazing arts and crafts faire, sponsored by Make and Craft magazines. (David also writes for Make.) Last year’s event featured everything from a ginormous mousetrap to a globe-crushing governor, all with a hands-on, family-friendly style.
         
  Tue,
July 7
10:30–noon Philadelphia, PA Kamishibai Workshop, Shofuso Japanese House & Garden
      Learn to perform kamishibai! Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino show the format’s colorful history and demonstrate insider performance techniques. Features new photos and techniques from our recent trip to Japan.
         
  Sat,
July 11
1:00 San Jose, CA Performance, San Jose Obon Festival
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka performs kamishibai dramas outdoors in conjunction with the Asian American Curriculum Project. Free
         
  Thu, July 30 7–9 p.m. Roseville, CA Performance, Good Stuff for Kids Conference (PDF), Roseville Community Preschool
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform original and imported kamishibai dramas at educator Bev Bos’s acclaimed annual conference, which “explores what it means to be truly child-centered and seeks to renew the spirit of adults who work with children.” Call 800-959-5549 or visit TurnThePage.com for registration information.
         
  Sat,
Aug 8
1:00 Sacramento, CA Performance, Sacramento Buddhist Church Obon Festival
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka presents Eiko Matsui’s Never Again, a kamishibai drama promoting peace. The story is based on the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in WWII. Free
         
  Tue,
Aug 25
TBA Sacramento, CA Performance, California State Fair
      Hazuki and David perform a variety of kamishibai in the Sacramento Parent magazine booth.
         
  Wed,
Nov 11
11 a.m. Oakland, CA Assembly, Redwood Day School
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform kamishibai and share kamishibai history for an audience of 400 students and teachers. (Not open to public.)
         
  Sat,
Nov 14
4 p.m. San Carlos, CA Storytelling, The Reading Bug
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka performs a variety of kamishibai at this brand-new children’s bookstore. Free
         
  Tue,
Nov 24
10:30 a.m. Anaheim, CA Workshop, Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Conference
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino share the colorful history of kamishibai, insider performance techniques, and classroom ideas.
         
  2010
  Saturday,
Jan 17
TBA Pacific Grove, CA Workshop, Santa Clara County Reading Council Asilomar Reading Conference
      Julie Schmidlen, winner of her district’s Most Innovative Teacher award, demonstrates how she uses kamishibai in her classroom. Her students, many of them English learners, actually create and perform their own stories, developing writing and public-speaking skills.
         
  Saturday,
April 3
2:30–3:15 Palo Alto, CA Storytime, Palo Alto Library, Mitchell Park Branch
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka returns for the fourth year to perform The Cat with No Name, The Moon Princess, Jack & the Beanstalk, and several imported kamishibai from Japan. For ages 3–12. Free
         
 

Saturday,
April 10

2:30–4 Long Beach, CA Workshop, California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) Conference, Long Beach Convention Center (Hyatt Regency Room C)
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka presents “Inspire Kids’ Creativity with Japanese Visual Storytelling.” This workshop will demonstrate how the visual storytelling format called kamishibai can help children develop literacy and enable teachers to tell stories rather than simply reading them. Participants will discuss kamishibai lesson plans, learn how to make their own kamishibai decks, and learn insider performance techniques from experienced storytellers. Target audience: Teachers and directors seeking a better way to involve children in reading, storytelling, and world culture.
         
  Saturday,
May 22
ongoing San Mateo, CA Performance, Maker Faire
      Storycard Theater author David Battino returns for the fourth year to perform a variety of kamishibai dramas at this amazing, family-friendly arts and crafts faire, sponsored by Make and Craft magazines. (David also writes for Make. See his profile of kamishibai storyteller Tameharu Nagata in the April 2010 issue.)
         
  Saturday,
June 19
ongoing Santa Cruz, CA Performance, Japanese Cultural Fair
      Storycard Theater illustrator Kazumi Verkler performs kamishibai dramas in the beautiful seaside town of Santa Cruz. FREE
         
 

Sunday,
June 27

4–5:30 Washington, D.C. Workshop, Public Library Association at American Library Association (PLA at ALA) Annual Conference
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka presents “Japanese Paper Theater: Interactive Culture for Your Library.” This workshop will demonstrate how the visual storytelling format called kamishibai can help children develop literacy and enable librarians to tell stories rather than simply reading them. The session explores kamishibai history and educational applications, showing how kamishibai can transform storytime into a dynamic, multicultural experience.
         
 

Friday,
July 30

3:45–5:15 Woodland Hills, CA Workshop, National Storytelling Conference
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka presents “Japanese Paper Theater: Visual Storytelling the Kamishibai Way.” Storycard Theater won a 2010 Storytelling World Resource Award.
         
 

Saturday,
July 31

10–5 Roseville, CA Showcase, Northern California Storybook & Literature Festival
      Storycard Theater author David Battino demonstrates the fun and benefits of kamishibai storytelling. The event features storytelling, author/illustrator/editor/publisher panels, and book sales by several writing groups. FREE
         
 

Saturday,
Oct 16

10:00 Sacramento, CA Workshop, CalSAC’s 28th Annual Spotlight on Afterschool Conference
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka presents “Everybody Clap! Interactive Storytelling with Japanese Paper Theater.” This workshop shows how kamishibai can transform storytime into a creative, multicultural experience for all ages. Participants will see how performing kamishibai is easier than reading a picture book, gain new techniques for visual storytelling, and discover the rich history behind this forgotten format.
         
 

Saturday,
Oct 23

  Los Altos, CA Workshop, Painting the Future Conference, Foothill College
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka presents “Everybody Clap! Interactive Storytelling with Japanese Paper Theater” at the fourth Annual Foothill College Child Development Conference.
         
 

Nov 4–6

Ongoing San Jose, CA Demonstration, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Conference, Anaheim Convention Center
      Meet Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka in the Tout About Toys booth.
         
 

Nov 19/20

TBA San Jose, CA Workshop, Marion Cilker Conference for Arts in Education, San Jose State University
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka demonstrates the benefits of kamishibai storytelling for young students.
         
  2011
  Saturday,
Jan 15
2:15–3:15 Pacific Grove, CA Workshop, Santa Clara County Reading Council Asilomar Reading Conference
      Julie Schmidlen, winner of her district’s Most Innovative Teacher award, demonstrates how she uses kamishibai in her classroom. Her students, many of them English learners, actually create and perform their own stories, developing writing and public-speaking skills.
         
 

Friday,
March 25

10:30 Sacramento, CA Workshop, California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAEYC) Conference, Sacramento Convention Center
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka presents “Inspire Kids’ Creativity with Japanese Visual Storytelling.” This workshop will demonstrate how the visual storytelling format called kamishibai can help children develop literacy and enable teachers to tell stories rather than simply reading them. Participants will discuss kamishibai lesson plans, learn how to make their own kamishibai decks, and learn insider performance techniques from experienced storytellers. Target audience: Teachers and directors seeking a better way to involve children in reading, storytelling, and world culture.
         
 

Saturday,
April 2

12–4 Santa Rosa, CA Storytelling, Santa Rosa Japanese Cultural Festival
      Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform a variety of kamishibai dramas. FREE
         
 

Saturday,
April 9

8:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.
Whittier, CA Keynote Speech, Children’s Literature Conference, Whittier College
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka delivers the keynote address and a follow-up workshop on kamishibai history and performance.
         
 

Saturday,
April 9

1–4 Folsom, CA Authors’ Fair, Folsom Public Library
      Storycard Theater author David Battino shows his books and talks about the writing and publishing process. FREE
         
 

Friday,
May 27

9:30 El Dorado Hills, CA Workshop, El Dorado County Library
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka introduces kamishibai history and performance techniques (librarians only).
         
 

Tuesday,
July 19

2–3 Xenia, OH Storytelling, Xenia Community Library
      Greene County Library Tour: Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform a variety of kamishibai dramas. (Details) FREE
         
 

Tuesday,
July 19

6:30–7:30 Fairborn, OH Storytelling, Fairborn Community Library
      Greene County Library Tour: Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform a variety of kamishibai dramas. (Details) FREE
         
 

Wednesday,
July 20

10:30–11:15 Yellow Springs, OH Storytelling, Yellow Springs Community Library
      Greene County Library Tour: Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform a variety of kamishibai dramas. (Details) FREE
         
 

Wednesday,
July 20

2–3 Bellbrook, OH Storytelling, Winters-Bellbrook Community Library (Program at the Bellbrook Presbyterian Church, 72 W. Franklin St.)
      Greene County Library Tour: Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform a variety of kamishibai dramas. (Details) FREE
         
 

Wednesday,
July 20

6:30–7:30 Beavercreek, OH Storytelling, Beavercreek Community Library
      Greene County Library Tour: Storycard Theater authors Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform a variety of kamishibai dramas. (Details) FREE
         
 

July 28

7–7:30 Roseville, CA Workshop, Good Stuff for Kids Conference
      Storycard Theater author Hazuki Kataoka performs original and imported kamishibai dramas at educator Bev Bos’s acclaimed annual conference, which “explores what it means to be truly child-centered and seeks to renew the spirit of adults who work with children.”
         
 

Saturday,
September 10

9:30–12:30 Sacramento, CA Annual Bazaar, Port of Sacramento Japanese School
      Hazuki showcases Storycard Theater kamishibai books.
         
 

Sunday,
October 9

  Mumbai, India Performance Workshop, University of Mumbai Storytelling Festival
      Hazuki and David introduce kamishibai as featured performers at this multi-lingual storytelling festival designed to promote interracial harmony and ecological conservation.
         
 

Saturday,
October 22

  Los Altos, CA Workshop, Foothill College Painting the Future Conference
      Hazuki and teacher Julie Schmidlen introduce techniques and lesson plans for kamishibai storytelling in the classroom.
         
 

November 5

8 a.m. Orlando, FL Workshop, NAEYC Annual Conference
      Hazuki presents “Everybody Clap! Interactive Storytelling with Japanese Paper Theater.”
         
  2012
 

March 4

3:30 San Francisco, CA Storytelling, Japanese Speech Contest, San Francisco State University
      Hazuki performs kamishibai at the 40th annual Japanese Speech Contest for elementary school students.
         
 

April 14

10:35–11 Roseville, CA Family Storytime, Northern California Storybook & Literature Festival
      Hazuki and David perform kamishibai at Roseville Public Library’s friendly outdoor fair. Stop by the booth after the show. The festival runs 10–3. FREE
         
 

April 28

11–4 Santa Rosa, CA Performance, Sonoma Matsuri Festival
      Hazuki and David return to perform kamishibai at this charming Japanese art and culture festival. FREE
         
 

May 4

3:30–5 San Francisco, CA Workshop, San Francisco Public Library, Bernal Heights Branch
      Hazuki presents a “Make Your Own Kamishibai” workshop. FREE
         
 

May 5

11–11:45 San Francisco, CA Storytelling, San Francisco Library, Parkside Branch
      Hazuki performs a variety of kamishibai. FREE
         
 

May 5

2–2:45 San Francisco, CA Storytelling, San Francisco Library, Merced Branch
      Hazuki performs a variety of kamishibai. FREE
         
 

May 16

11 a.m. Folsom, CA School Visit, Oak Chan Elementary School
      Hazuki performs kamishibai for Mrs. Rowland’s 2nd grade class.
         
 

May 17

10–10:45 Sacramento, CA Storytime, Del Paso Heights Library
      Hazuki performs kamishibai as part of the library’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration. FREE
         
 

May 18

11–11:45 San Rafael, CA School Visit, Santa Margarita Children’s Center
      Hazuki performs kamishibai at this innovative preschool, and shares tips with teachers on using kamishibai in the classroom.
         
 

May 19

11–6 San Francisco, CA Exhibition, San Francisco Asian Heritage Street Celebration
      Hazuki exhibits her kamishibai books alongside her author friends Margie Yee Web and Jeannie Johng-Nishikawa. FREE
         
 

May 26

2:00 Rancho Cordova, CA Performance, The Market Place
      Hazuki performs kamishibai at this indoor showcase of more than 90 local artists, collectors, and authors. FREE
         
 

July 2

2–3 Yellow Springs, OH Storytelling, Yellow Springs Community Library
      Storycard Theater author David Battino returns to his hometown to perform a variety of kamishibai dramas, including the world premiere of an upcoming story. (Details) FREE
         
 

July 16

10am El Dorado Hills, CA Storytelling, Face in a Book Bookstore
      Hazuki Kataoka performs kamishibai for children at this cozy new bookstore.
         
 

July 17

noon–8pm Sacramento, CA Author Appearance, California State Fair
      Hazuki Kataoka exhibits Storycard Theater kamishibai books at the author pavilion. Tuesday is Kids’ Day. Children under 12 get free admission and all rides are $1.
         
 

July 23

11am – 7pm Sacramento, CA Author Appearance, California State Fair
      Hazuki Kataoka exhibits Storycard Theater kamishibai books at the author pavilion.
         
 

July 28

2pm – 10pm Sacramento, CA Author Appearance, California State Fair
      Hazuki Kataoka exhibits Storycard Theater kamishibai books at the author pavilion.
         
 

Aug 4

11:30 & 2:30 San Francisco, CA Performance, Nihonmachi Street Fair, Japan Town
      Hazuki Kataoka performs kamishibai in front of the Kinokuniya bookstore. FREE
         
 

Sept 7

10–10:45 Folsom, CA Presentation, Folsom Public Library
      Hazuki Kataoka performs kamishibai and introduces its colorful history as part of the First Friday series (“entertaining, educational, and informative programs for all ages”). Includes refreshments. FREE
         
 

Sept 22

2:00 Santa Rosa, CA Performance, Sonoma County Book Festival
      Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform kamishibai for children of all ages. Event sponsors The Literary Arts Guild say, “This event transforms downtown Santa Rosa into the literary capital of Northern California. Thousands of book lovers return every year for a full day of fun under the welcoming white tents.” FREE
         
 

Sept 29 & 30

12:30 & 3:30 Sacramento, CA Performance, ScholarShare Children’s Book Festival, Fairytale Town
      Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform kamishibai in the outdoor auditorium at this beloved children’s park.
         
 

Oct 7

12–4 Clarksburg, CA Author Appearance, Delta Art & Wine Faire, Old Sugar Mill
      Hazuki Kataoka shows our original kamishibai books at this unique community of six California wineries near Sacramento.
         
 

Oct 13

11–4 Orangevale, CA Storytelling, Golden Valley Charter School of Sacramento Harvest Festival
      Hazuki Kataoka performs and exhibits kamishibai at this K–8 public charter school inspired by Waldorf education. Storytelling at 2:30.
         
 

Nov 17

3:45–4:45 Seattle, WA Workshop, National Council of Social Studies Annual Conference
      Hazuki Kataoka presents “History Comes Alive: Traditional Japanese Storytelling in the Modern Classroom.” Through actual classroom projects, participants will learn how the visual storytelling format called kamishibai (paper theater) helps students create compelling presentations that combine writing, editing, drawing, performance, collaboration, and multicultural history. Room 310
         
  2013
 

Feb 10

TBA Tokyo, Japan Storytelling, Itabashi Bologna Children’s Picture Book Library
      Hazuki Kataoka performs an original kamishibai story and talks about our kamishibai activities in the United States. FREE
         
 

Feb 21

4–7:30pm Folsom, CA Storytelling, Sierra Moms Children’s Activity & Preschool Fair
      Hazuki Kataoka performs and exhibits our kamishibai stories. FREE
         
 

Feb 28

6–7:30pm Carmichael, CA Storytelling, Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration, Gibbons Community Center
      Hazuki Kataoka performs original kamishibai stories as part of the Sacramento Area Reading Association’s Read Across America event. FREE
         
 

Mar 1

9:30–12am Folsom, CA Storytelling Presentation, Theodore Judah Elementary School
      Hazuki Kataoka tells kamishibai stories and talks about the history of kamishibai.
         
 

Mar 8–10

ongoing Marina del Rey, CA Exhibition, Cal-Ed Conference
      Hazuki Kataoka shows the benefits of kamishibai storytelling for hearing-impaired audiences.
         
 

May 4

2–2:45pm Millbrae, CA Storytelling, Millbrae Public Library
      Hazuki Kataoka performs original kamishibai stories as part of the library’s Asian Heritage celebration. FREE
         
 

May 11

2–3 Rancho Cordova, CA Storytelling, Rancho Cordova Public Library
      Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform Storycard Theater kamishibai, sponsored by the Friends of the Rancho Cordova Library. For kids of all ages. FREE
         
 

May 18

10–2 Auburn, CA Storytelling/Exhibition, Auburn Public Library
      Hazuki Kataoka performs original kamishibai stories as part of the Gold Country Book Festival, featuring 35 Northern California authors. Performance at 11:00 in the children’s area. FREE
         
 

June 1

11–5 Santa Rosa, CA Storytelling, Sonoma Matsuri Festival
      Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino perform original kamishibai stories throughout the day at Tibdabo Photo Studio, 318 A St. From 3–3:40, we have a special performance with musical accompaniment from Grand Master Elliot Kallen (shakuhachi bamboo flute) and the TenTen Taiko Group (traditional Japanese drumming). FREE
         
 

June 13

11–12 El Dorado Hills, CA Storytelling, El Dorado Hills Branch Library
      Hazuki Kataoka performs Storycard Theater kamishibai. For kids of all ages. FREE
         
 

July 15

11–7 Sacramento, CA Author Appearance, California State Fair
      Hazuki Kataoka exhibits Storycard Theater kamishibai books at the California Author Pavilion.
         
 

July 23

11–7 Sacramento, CA Author Appearance, California State Fair
      Hazuki Kataoka exhibits Storycard Theater kamishibai books at the California Author Pavilion. Today is Kids’ Day. Children under 12 get free admission and rides are $1 for all ages.
         
 

July 25

2–10 Sacramento, CA Author Appearance, California State Fair
      Hazuki Kataoka exhibits Storycard Theater kamishibai books at the California Author Pavilion.
         
 

Aug 20

10–11 Folsom, CA Storytelling, Folsom Little Folks University
      Hazuki Kataoka performs Storycard Theater kamishibai at this preschool dedicated to building children’s positive self image, increasing confidence and independence, and promoting sharing.
         
 

Oct 5

1–2 Tokyo, Japan Presentation, Meiji-Gakuin University
      For the Annual Conference on the Animation of Reading, Hazuki Kataoka teaches Japanese educators about kamishibai in education in the United States.
         
 

Nov 7–9

ongoing Oakland, CA Exhibition, National Association for Multi-Cultural Education Conference
      Hazuki Kataoka shows original kamishibai books in the exhibition hall.
         
 

Nov 13

10:45–11:45 Sacramento, CA Storytelling, Sacramento Country Day School
      Hazuki Kataoka performs original kamishibai stories for 2nd graders.
         
  2014
 

Jan 29

4–7 Folsom, CA Exhibition, Preschool Activity Faire
      Hazuki Kataoka shows original kamishibai books at this annual event dedicated to introducing parents to local education resources. Features crafts, activities, refreshments, music, and family entertainment. FREE
         
  Mar 28-30

Ongoing

Sacramento, CA Exhibition, Cal-Ed Conference
      Hazuki shows the advantages of kamishibai for education at the 54th conference of the California Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s .
         
 

May 1

3:30–4:30 Sacramento, CA Storytelling, North Natomas Library
      Hazuki performs original kamishibai stories plus tales from Japan. FREE
         
  May 17

10-2

Auburn, CA Exhibition, Gold County Book Festival
      Hazuki shows original kamishibai stories. FREE
         
  July 11

10–6

Sacramento, CA Book Signing, California State Fair
      Hazuki Kataoka exhibits Storycard Theater kamishibai books at the California Author Pavilion. Bonus: Today is 62 & Better Day. Admission for adults 62 and up is $8.
         
  July 13

2–10

Sacramento, CA Book Signing, California State Fair
      Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino exhibit Storycard Theater kamishibai books at the California Author Pavilion.
         
  July 15

11–7

Sacramento, CA Book Signing, California State Fair
      Hazuki Kataoka exhibits Storycard Theater kamishibai books at the California Author Pavilion. Bonus: Today is Kids’ Day. Children under 12 get free admission and rides are $1 each for all ages.
         
  July 17

2–10

Sacramento, CA Book Signing, California State Fair
      Hazuki Kataoka exhibits Storycard Theater kamishibai books at the California Author Pavilion.
         
  July 22

11–7

Sacramento, CA Book Signing, California State Fair
      Hazuki Kataoka exhibits Storycard Theater kamishibai books at the California Author Pavilion. Bonus: Today is Kids’ Day. Children under 12 get free admission and rides are $1 each for all ages.
         
  July 26

2–10

Sacramento, CA Book Signing, California State Fair
      Hazuki Kataoka and David Battino exhibit Storycard Theater kamishibai books at the California Author Pavilion.
         
  Aug 7

4–5

Sacramento, CA Storytelling, Rio Linda Library
      Hazuki Kataoka performs Storycard Theater kamishibai dramas as part of the Tanabata Star Festival.
         
  Aug 23–14

Ongoing

San Mateo, CA Storytelling & Exhibition, Japan Expo
      Hazuki Kataoka exhibits and performs kamishibai at this international celebration of Japanese culture and entertainment.
         
  Oct 26

12 Noon

Sacramento, CA Storytelling & Book Signing, California Capital Book Festival
      Hazuki Kataoka performs kamishibai on the Young Children’s stage
         
  Dec 3

10 am

Sacramento, CA Storytelling, Country Day School
      Hazuki Kataoka performs Storycard Theater dramas for the 2nd grade class.
         
 
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