Japanese-Korean storyteller Alton Takiyama-Chung, grew up with the stories, superstitions, and the magic of the Hawaiian Islands. This gives him a unique perspective when telling stories of Hawaii, of WWII Japanese-Americans, and Asian folktales. Performances include: the Timpanogas Storytelling Festival, the National Storytelling Festival, and international storytelling festivals in the Cayman Islands, Singapore, Vietnam, and Thailand. He also is a former Chairman of the Board of Directors for National Storytelling Network.
OBAKE: LAFCADIO HEARN’S STRANGE TALES FROM JAPAN
Scary ghost stories from Japan. Lafcadio Hearn immigrated to Japan in 1890 where he translated and published the strange obake (ghost) tales, which had been told and retold in Japan for hundreds of years. THESE STORIES ARE MEANT FOR ADULT AND TEEN EARS. Some material may be too intense for children under 13.
THE SPIDERWEAVER AND OTHER TALES FROM ASIA
Kid-friendly Asian folktales. Traditional folktales from Japan, China, Singapore, and Korea.
Saved by a farmer from a hungry snake, a spider returns as a young girl to weave for the kind man (Japan). A cold-hearted farmer is taught a lesson about compassion by a raggedy, old man (China). Twin brothers set out on a quest to find the Luminous Pearl and win the hand of a princess (Singapore and China). An old man confronts a vengeful spirit and must accomplish an impossible task to save his life (Korea).
TALES FROM THE LANAI: LEGENDS AND STORIES FROM HAWAII
National Award winning CD (Storytelling World Honors). Hawaiian legends come to life with stories of Pele, the Goddess of the Volcano and Nanaue, the shark man. This collection also includes a “local kine” folktale, a true story from Plantation Days, and a tall tale from “small kid time” laced with the superstitions of the Islands.