A Box of Foxes
Workshops for children in Japanese Story.
Recently returned from her winter in Japan, Tanya Batt invites you to ‘cool off’ this summer with stories and surprises from Japan. Come explore the fascinating realm of Japanese mythology and folklore through music, movement, story and art.A small Japanese snack will be served at the end of each workshop.Workshops last for 75 minutes & are best suited for those 5- 12 years of age.Cost $10. Places limited.
Wed 23rd Jan 10.30am Foxy Tales – Storytelling and Origami(Cost $10)
Foxes or ‘kitsune’ as they are called in Japan, occupy a fascinating place in the mythological world. They are both shape shifters and the messengers of Inari, the God of Rice. Come and share fox stories and learn to make an origami fox.
Thurs 24th Jan 10.30am Tricksters of Japan and mask making(Cost $10)
From the ogre like Oni, to the long nosed Tengu and much loved Tanuki – all of these characters are well known tricksters in traditional Japanese folktales. Explore the world of Japanese goblins and ghouls and have a go at making your own.
Friday 25th Jan 10.30am Kamishibai – Storytelling and Art(Cost $10)
The paper theatre of the Kamishibai was a favourite form of street storytelling in the 1920 – 30’s in Japan. Much loved by children, the Kamishibai player would arrive in the village on his bike with the promise of stories and sweets. Come and listen to a kamishibai story and help make one of your own.
Saturday 26th Jan 2.00pm Stone Gods – Storytelling and Art(Cost $10)
The stone statues so often sited in Japan are known as the Jizo. They are the guardians of children, travelers and pregnant women. Listen to the famous Japanese New Year Folktale of the Jizo and create a Jizo of your own.
Sunday 27th Jan 11.00am Sunday of Storytelling – Kamishibai (Cost $5)
Summer is the time for outdoors storytelling. Bring your hat and something to sit on for bicycled storytelling in the Artworks courtyard. (in the even of rain the storytelling will take place in the Story Centre).
Wed 30th 10.30am Japan for Preschoolers (3 &4 years)(Cost $10)
A special session of Japanese stories for three and four year old. A fully interactive workshop in songs, movement and art.
Friday 1st Feb 10.30am Proper Princess Party(Cost $5)
In celebration of Tanya Batt’s book, ‘The Princess and White Bear King’ being released in paper back this summer, a proper princess party is being thrown. You are invited to dig out your most flouncy and frivolous frock for an after noon of pure nonsense and storytelling. Please bring a plate suitable for sharing at a princess tea party. Handsome Princes welcome at this right royal occasion.
Sunday 3rd Feb 11.00am Rat-a-tat-tat : Chinese New Year Stories (Cost $5)
February 7th marks the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Rat. Come and hear the story of how the Chinese Horoscope came to be and what the Rat year holds in store!
Workshops are limited to 10 children per session. You are strongly encouraged to book to secure your place.
Super story Holiday offer:
Children attending 3 or more workshops are invited to attend a storytelling session free of charge and receive 10% off all purchases in the Story Centre.
Special price of $40 for entry to all workshops and performances.
All those making a booking go in the draw to win a surprise parcel of goodies from Japan.
For bookings Phone: 372 4333 or email firstname.lastname@example.org