Whether it is with a thoughtful story for adults, a funny folk tale for children, or the inspiring history of her Japanese American family’s experience in the incarceration camps during World War II, Anne Shimojima reminds us that to be human is to travel on the most fascinating journey of all. Her repertoire includes folk tales from around the world and historical pieces that help us find our place in the world today.
A professional storyteller since 1982, Anne performs in festivals, schools, libraries, museums, senior communities, conferences, and anywhere people gather to hear a good story. Her thirty-five years as an elementary school library media specialist and decades of performing have given her a deep understanding of the universal truths we can all find in story.
ASIAN AMERICAN STORYTOPIA!
A free YouTube channel of Asian American storytelling! Stories, activities, Asian culture!
Anne joins storytellers Karin Amano, Tobey Ishii Anderson, Alton Takiyama Chung, Eleanor Clement Glass, Yasu Ishida, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, Roopa Mohan, Motoko, Kuniko Yamamoto, Linda Yemoto, and Dr. Joel Ying for this fun introduction to Asian culture.
For elementary school children, their families, and all story-lovers!
Find it here!
Morton Grove, IL 60053
Read about the Anne Shimojima Latte at Franny Lou's Porch in Philadelphia, PA!
UPCOMING PUBLIC PERFORMANCES:
HIDDEN MEMORY: AN AMERICAN WORLD WAR II STORY
Friday, February 3, 2023 - 10:00 am CST, Institute for Continued Learning, Schaumburg, IL - In-person. Register here.
Saturday, February 4, 2023 - 1:30 pm CST, Des Plaines Public Library, IL - In-person. Register here.
Thursday, February 9, 2023 - 7:00 pm CST, Harper College, IL - ZOOM.
Thursday, March 10, 2023 - 1:00 - 2:30 pm CST, College of DuPage, IL - ZOOM
Sunday, April 2, 2023 - 3:30 pm CST, Mrs. Murphy & Sons Bistro, Chicago. In-person.
Wednesday, May 17, 2023 - 6:30 - 8:00 pm CST, Oakton Community College, IL - In-person
Saturday, June 3, 2023 - 2:00 - 3:00 pm CDT, Whiting Public Library, IN - In-person
Read Anne's essay about creating her family history project and family story on Discover Nikkei's website.
SAKURA TALES: STORIES FROM JAPAN
Thursday, May 18, 2023 - 1:00 - 2:00 pm CDT, Naperville Public Library, IL - In-person and ZOOM.
SAKURA TALES: INTRODUCTION TO JAPANESE FOLKLORE
Monday, March 20, 2023 - 1:00 - 2:30 pm CDT, North Shore Senior Center, Northfield, IL - In-person and ZOOM.
Thursday, March 23, 2023 - 1:00 - 2:30 pm CDT, College of DuPage, IL - ZOOM.
LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO 'ROUND
Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 1:00-2:00 pm CST, Naperville Public Library, IL - In-person and ZOOM.
GOOD LIARS CLUB VIII
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 7:00 CST on ZOOM
Anne joins Norm Brecke, Decee Cornish, Claire Hennessy, Ingrid Nixon, and Anne Rutherford for an evening of lies and levity!
ASIAN TALES AND TRAVELS
Thursday, February 23, 2023 - 1:00 - 2:30 pm CST, College of DuPage, IL - ZOOM
Wednesday, July 26, 2023 - 1:00 - 2:30 CST, North Shore Senior Center, IL - In-person and ZOOM
Join Anne as she tells traditional folk tales from Japan and China. Anne also shares photos of her time in Tokyo, Osaka, Hiroshima, and Takayama, describes a storytelling trip to Japan as a guest of the Japanese government , and tells of a surprising discovery of long-lost family. Then you’ll visit China, see the sights in Beijing and Datong, and visit Gengcun, an historic village with a 600-year tradition of storytelling.