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3 Picture Book writers in Koganei 〜小金井の絵本作家たちー3人の作家を招いて〜

On Saturday night (1st February) I was invited to give a book-reading and take part in a talk show with two other picture book creators who live in Koganei - Kuroki Osamu and Miyamaeito, at the Chateau Art cafe.
Chateau Art cafe is an open and friendly cafe/bar that holds all kinds of events connected to art, music and storytelling. It is one of my favourite places to hang out. 

It was really interesting for me to watch and listen to the performances of Kuroki-san and Miyamaeito.
Kuroki-san gave a riveting performance as he told some local stories connected to the history and mythology of Koganei with his beautiful water colours in traditional kami-shibai style and perfectly timed Japanese percussion.
Miyamaeito, the illustrator of "Tom and Jerry's Trip to London" took a totally different approach and made a hand-drawn 3D park scene on the spot with the children present (see the work in progress in the picture below.)
I did my usual storytelling in English using two of my stories (Blue Mouse, Yellow Mouse and Lily and the Moon) with games geared for the smaller members of the audience.

In the evening the cafe turned into a bar and people enjoyed a drink while the three of us "storytellers" were asked questions by the MC.
All three of us answered differently to the question - what is the process of creating your stories? What comes first - the art or the story? For Miyameito it is the art. For Kuroki-san it is the story. For me, it is the message, something I want to convey comes before the story and the art always comes last.

I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to come to this event. You were a great audience!  

2月 1日(土):東京都小金井市シャトー2Fカフェ 特別企画 絵本カフェ&ナイト
〜小金井の絵本作家たちー3人の作家を招いて〜

黒木修『星になった銀治郎さん』Patricia Daly Oe「Lily and the Moon」みやまえいと『トムとジェリーのたびのえほん』

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Hi,that was very first day to see your real performance. and I haven't been atending ingrish class since I guraduated school.those were very interesting show for me. about the theme why do Japanese students can't speak Ingrish nothing but they've been studied 6 grade.---in Japanese 私自身はさておいて頭に浮かぶ単語は、1.受験勉強の弊害、何のために勉強する?2.日本の文化を紹介できますか?日本の文化を知ったら他国の文化も知りたいとおもいませんか?正しい日本語を話していますか?3.グラマーばかり勉強してませんか?生きた英語を勉強してますか?スラングも含め、ネイティブスピーカーと話す機会はありますか?とっさの一言が話せますか?グラマーを勉強するよりも日常会話をセンテンスで丸暗記したらどうですか?若い人は記憶力もいいから4.もしあなたが将来日本の企業に就職したとしてもグローバルな時代なので海外に派遣されたり他文化の言語が必要になる可能性があります。5時から会社で英会話の教室があるかもしれません。産業が少ない国では海外へ出て就職することを国が進めています。日本人以上に外国語が必要な状況です。だから外国人が変な日本語を話していても理解してください、あなたが外国で同じ立場ならどうしますか?そこからコミュニケーションが始まります。 Lionelの独り言です。
2014/02/03 9:20 PM, from Lionel
Hi Lionel,
Thank you so much for coming to the storytelling event on Saturday.

I totally agree with what you say about English learning in Japan.
English is used as a "bridge" between different cultures and a common language and is used mainly by non-native speakers throughout the world now to communicate with each other. So we should forget about this "correct and wrong" approach to language, especially spoken language. As long as we can convey what we want to say, that is the most important point.
I am teaching high school students how to give their opinions, give presentations and present creative work because I believe these are the skills they will need most when they go out to work in the future.
And never give up learning - the more hours you put into something nearly always means progress and improvement will be achieved.

So keep up your study and enjoyment of English, too, Lionel!

Patricia
2014/02/04 12:47 PM, from Patricia Daly Oe









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