• Kazuko Lillie

From Motoko, With Love - Wasshoi Wednesday #3

We are happy to bring you a personal letter from the storyteller Motoko this week! She is an experienced storyteller who's robust repertoire includes Rakugo (traditional Japanese comic storytelling), Asian folktales, and oral accounts of her childhood.

Motoko-san will be joining us for Virtual JapanFest with a multi-part series on her favorite stories! The first video will be available for all to see on our website this coming Friday, June 19th.


My name is Motoko, and I am a storyteller, originally from Osaka and now based in Massachusetts. I am honored and delighted to be part of JapanFest Virtual Event 2020!

JapanFest Atlanta holds a special place in my heart. I have performed my Rakugo and ghost stories every year since 2017 and thoroughly enjoyed its huge, diverse, and inter-generational audience. Tens of thousands of people gathered together to celebrate my home country make me tear up each time with gratitude. I have gained wonderful new friendships, and even learned something new, such as “How to tidy up your home Marie Kondo way!” (BTW, I am a Japanese woman and I only vacuum twice a year.)

So this year, I am excited to contribute my stories on videos. The first one is an audio recording of a spooky tale about samurai, full of intrigue and mystery. This will be followed by a folktale about scary Yamamba, the Mountain Woman, and an elegant tale about a mirror.

I hope my stories will bring you joy and inspiration during this time of turmoil and fear. More than anything, I wish all of you and your loved ones good health and safety until the day we can see each other (again) in person and rejoice!

For more information on Motoko-san and her unique storytelling programs, please visit her website.