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Moth StorySLAM Champion on 2/22/23
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Normal: Conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected. All of us at some times or in some ways feel like outsiders. That whatever it is that is normal does not include us. But when we enter a new culture, we actually are the outsider. An excellent vantage point to question the status quo.

Cast: Miyo Yamauchi

Genre: Storytelling

This show is: Humorous

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About Miyo Yamauchi

Born and raised in Japan, Miyo Yamauchi brings a unique perspective and sense of humor to storytelling. Her insatiable curiosity about life, people and the world leads her on many adventures and results in stories that delight her audience. She regularly performs at the Fanatic Salon Theater, Strong Words, other spoken word events, and the StoryMasters club. During the day, she works as a computer programmer, writing narratives for computers to perform.

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Show Reviews

"...enjoyable and very entertaining storyteller"

Ernest Kearney

An award-winning L.A. Playwright


Anthony Phills

Author and Award Winning Designer

"Miyo skillfully weaves together several stories... smoothly flowing, hilarious"

Ashton Cynthia Clarke

An Award Winning Storyteller


  1. Melanie Riecke Hiller

    What a talent! Miyo integrates audio, visuals, and heart, she’s an amazing storyteller.

  2. Jiro Tomiyama

    After watching Miyo Yamauchi develop over the years, It’s delightful to see her polish her craft to such a high level. Her confidence shines through. She’s become an excellent performer.

  3. Brandee Stilwell

    I really enjoyed Miyo Yamauchi’s “How to be Japanese.” She is a one-of-a-kind storyteller. Not only was this show hilarious but also touching, educational, and at times, heartbreaking. Miyo leaves the audience with a smile on their face and wanting more. I can’t wait to see what she does next. xo

  4. Kim D.

    Miyo’s one woman show was captivating, humorous and entertaining. I love how she weaves her life lessons into relatable stories no matter where you come from.
    She made us laugh out loud and painted a vivid picture as we took a fun journey through her life. .
    Bravo Miyo, job well done!

  5. Lisa Lockhart

    Miyo makes every performance a personal journey and takes us along with her. Her “fish out of water” experiences as a traveler in a foreign land give us the opportunity to see our own world through different eyes, and that’s always a good thing. The fact that she does it with energy, charm, and humor make for a thoroughly enjoyable evening. More, more, more!

  6. Korey Pollard

    Miyo is an inspiring, heartfelt, hilarious, and absorbing storyteller. I was so gripped by her keen perspective on how cultures can weave and sometimes collide in her one-woman show “How to be Japanese.” The way she took us on her adventures of being a “fish out of water” while learning English and navigating American culture from a Japanese perspective ended too soon and left me wanting more. I highly recommend this show! DO NOT miss the chance to see Miyo live. I can not wait to see what she comes up with next.

  7. Trina Matthews

    Miyo is a must see must hear! She is funny, engaging, and very charming! Jane Morris’ staging helps make thus one person show constantly interesting. Some of Miyo’s stories are accented with a monitor of pictures at the side. I am glad she has been playing to sold out audiences! We were lucky to be there!

  8. Shirley Omori

    I love Miyo’s storytelling. Her stories are personal accounts of experiences that are funny, touching, and have an important message. I could relate to them. It is rare to hear stories from a Japanese perspective. ❤️

  9. Laura Schuchardt

    Miyo is one of my favorite storytellers! I am so thankful that I was able to see her show! She is so funny and entertaining! I can’t wait to see her again! If you haven’t seen Miyo’s show, get your tickets now! ❤

  10. Fred and Theresa Laskowski

    Miyo has the ability to connect with the audience about her Japanese roots and her unique immigrant experiences in a humorous and entertaining manner. Her performance also provided space for us to reflect on our own personal life experiences. Even though she was onstage, she built rapport with us in the audience in a friendly and delightful manner. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and recommend seeing her show. Brava Miyo!

  11. Suzanne Weerts

    Miyo is magnificent! A masterful storyteller with exceptional comedic timing! How to Be Japanese is rich in details, funny and moving and an hour well spent.

  12. Jonathan Tipton Meyers

    I’ve seen her show as well as many stories around town and Bravo Miyo! One of L.A.’s most original storytellers. Charming, hilarious, and sincere. She’s one of a kind.


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