Story zen 

Award-winning Japanese storyteller Motoko has been said to create "an amazing paradise on Earth for story lovers." She weaves together ancient lore, original tales, lyrical movement and traditional music. Her program Tales of Now and Zen is a compilation of Asian folk tales, personal stories and original pieces. It is a travel itinerary to exotic places, from the mystical cities of ancient China to the interior of our own heart. Stories include "Japanese Culture 101: The Art of Bowing," a comical view on Japanese manners; "Cost of Racism," a funny yet heartfelt monologue about raising a son in the U.S.; and "Boundless Strength," a wisdom tale about sumo wrestling.

Motoko will perform at the Indiana History Center, 450 W. Ohio St., as part of the Storytelling Arts of Indiana series Jan. 10, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. To order tickets or for more information, call 317-232-1882 or go to

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