For Love of Stories

Striving for the Art of Storytelling

I'm a Sucker for Good Stories

Every object has a story. Stories connect people. Storytelling brings people together. That’s why I love storytelling.

Storytelling Stub

Resources, tools, and tips that may help you with writing and storytelling.

Know Your Audience

I'm always fascinated by audience's reactions while I'm telling a story. We all know that "knowing your audience" is one of the most important key elements when we tell a story. But how so? Where they laugh, what they respond to, how they resonate to your story, and...

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Storytelling vs Presenting

I often get feedback like "You need to move on the stage" or "Your gestures need to be bigger" at Toastmasters. In the beginning of my Toastmasters years, those suggestions confused me. I understand the benefit of moving on the stage and being animated with big...

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Tsubuyaki

Miyo’s mumbling thoughts at the moment…

Get the Ball Rolling and See Where It Takes You

Get the Ball Rolling and See Where It Takes You

How did the year 2019 treat you? Very well, I hope. Believe it or not, every five years, I get a pivotal year. I moved to the United States in 2004, joined Toastmasters in 2009, became Area Governor AND found StoryMasters in 2014. When the year 2019 started, I...

What Makes People Laugh?

What Makes People Laugh?

Many of my stories are entertaining, but it doesn't mean that I always try to make people laugh. My facial expression, how I say it, or the phrase I use - whatever it is, people often laugh without my intention. The other day, I challenged myself - I told a folktale....

There Is No Such Thing As Perfect Timing!

There Is No Such Thing As Perfect Timing!

It's been busy two months filled with blessing opportunities; Write Work (6/30); Shoot 'Em Up (7/17); Strong Words (7/27); the Otter Story Hour (8/5). Every time when the opportunity was presented, I thought that the timing wasn't good. I had already committed to the...

My Storytelling Events

I would love to see your friendly smiles in the audience.  Please come to hear my stories!
I also share my thoughts after each event. Please check out the past events, too.  

2020.03.08 Tales by the Sea ~ Moments

2020.03.08 Tales by the Sea ~ Moments

Tales by the Sea is one of my most favorite storytelling shows. It's been a while since I started dreaming of being on the stage of Tales by the Sea. 2020 is the year my dream will come true! I won't let any obstacles interfere it this time.Sunday, March 8th,...

2019.12.08 StoryMasters ~ Fireside Stories II

2019.12.08 StoryMasters ~ Fireside Stories II

SOLD OUT The holiday season is approaching. It's time to listen to some stories that warm your heart! StoryMasters' storytelling showcase is something that you don't want to miss!Sunday, December 8th, 20193PMFreeTomiyama ResidenceRSVP requiredLimited to 35 people.

2019.11.17 Turbine Arts Collective

2019.11.17 Turbine Arts Collective

Turbine Arts Collective's Montage night is my favorite night! This is not a typical storytelling show. You'll enjoy various kinds of performances; improv, storytelling, music, dance, and so on. Come and check it out! Sunday, November 17th, 20197PMDonate What You...