"Tales of Now & Zen" Featuring Motoko

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We're pleased to introduce Middleboro audiences of all ages to the magic, mystery, and beauty of Japan’s culture through performances by award-winning Japanese storyteller Motoko. 

She'll offer us an evening filled with humor, charm, and elegance during "Tales of Now & Zen"  She'll regale us with hilarious tales from her old country, as well as poignant personal stories from her childhood in Osaka and her experiences as an immigrant to the US. 

Motoko is the recipient of the National Storytelling Network’s 2017 Circle of Excellence Award.

Motoko is presenting programs today for all ages.  Read on for information about her programs for teens and children. 

2:30 p.m. Tales & Origami  -- for Teens (ages 11-17)

Discover Japan, the birthplace of Anime, through magical tales and origami.  Motoko will discuss how Japanese folklore has inspired games and anime in the U.S. and around the world. Under her step-by-step guidance, participants will make exciting origami figures, and design their own original anime characters. 

1:00 p.m. Japanese Folktales & Origami -- for Families (ages 5 and up)

Motoko will delight families with folktales from her native Japan, combined with hands-on origami activities. Her step-by-step instructions will make the ancient Japanese art fun and accessible. Children will learn focus, imagination, and precision while creating pieces of art.

These programs are supported in part by a grant from the Middleborough Cultural Council, a local agency, which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.  Additional funding has been provided by the Friends of the Middleborough Public Library.


The Library makes every effort to ensure our programs can be enjoyed by all. If you have any concerns about accessibility or need to request specific accommodations, please contact the Library.