KASA JIZO and the Wonderful Hat Song











Anne is an engaging raconteur, presenting an interactive performance of her re-write of an old Japanese folk tale. Anne presents history, Japanese language and personal anecdotes and then launches into a quirky narration in rhyming English couplets with scattered Japanese vocab. The tale is supported by projections of photos and children’s drawings. Students sing, dance and play traditional Japanese instruments in accompaniment to this heart-warming tale of two children unexpectedly spending new year with an old couple they had never met before. 

"Absolutely brilliant!!!!  It had everything, Japanese language, art, music, maths, history, drama. It involved the students in the story.  It was totalling engaging and even the classroom teachers were greatly inspired...  The children just loved it!!  I was so impressed by what they learned and retained from this one hour session...  The school was buzzing. Some of the boys want to perform the wonderful hat song in the talent quest later in the year. All the children remembered the song and even the meaning of all the words. Very catchy tune. Has been stuck in my head for the past couple of days..." Sue Palmer, Balgowlah Heights, NSW.

"Thanks for the great performances today! ...Your shakuhachi piece was fantastic. I wish I could forget about the students and listen to your shakuhachi for hours..." Atsuya Kotoda, Pacific Pines, QLD.

"...an aural delight! Anne's performance embodies all that makes communication über-engaging. Most of our kids may never have experienced this art of story telling. Beautiful." Nulsen Primary School, WA.




 “Great presenter / storyteller / musician! Exposure to Japanese culture, language, food, music... very worthwhile! Entertaining! Student involvement was terrific and the simple sound effects were very effective. The use of children’s drawings was great too. A lovely story.” St Marks, Vic 8-10 years

“Learnt and love the song – it’s a mainstay of our Japanese language lessons now! Fantastic – kids were thoroughly engaged and interested.” Willaura PS

“A great session presented in a fun and very informative fashion. Students displayed enthusiasm, listened intently and participated well. How Anne can present this to group after group without showing lack of energy or enthusiasm - I don’t know! Excellent.” Brighton Beach Priary School, Vic. Grade 6 logoPDF

"Many students were heard attempting to incorporate the japanese words in their conversations during the days following the sessions!" St Mary's College, Seymour, P-6 with no LOTE or Japanese program at the school.

Suitability: Prep to 7 for mixed age groups - the little ones bring wonder to the show, and the older ones bring skills... a magic combo! If you can, please thoroughly mix the ages in the audience. Lots more fun that way!
Audience Size: min 100 - max 180 students per session. (Minimum booking of 2 sessions per school.)
Cost: $5.50 per head + GST
Duration: 60 minutes each session (allow a little extra for extended questions)