Miyo Yamauchi Storyteller
How To Be Japanese
Miyo Yamauchi Storyteller
How To Be Japanese
How To Be Japanese by Miyo Yamauchi

Saturday, October 1, 2022 @ 8 PM

The Fanatic Salon Theater

3815 Sawtelle Blvd, Culver City, CA 90066 (Map)

Conscious of every word, every gesture, every movement, she captivated the audience as she wove one story seamlessly into the next. Miyo, the storyteller, was skilled, animated, and at home on stage. Her stories were crafted so well that we could easily see ourselves in every scene or situation that she related to us. Her Stories were enlightening, relatable, compelling, humorous, surprising, and dramatic!

Bonnie F.

I loved Miyo Yamauchi’s Piece. It was most unusual & honest. She had me laughing & at times feeling very pensive about humanity, history & her personal family story.


Miyo’s one-woman performance is refreshingly witty and different! Miyo has fun on stage while moving the audience through one clever, insightful, or unbelievable story after another. An entire hour filled with laughter (and learning) leaves me wanting to return to Miyo’s show again and again!


Her stories will beguile you, they’ll raise your Blood Pressure. They’ll squish, twist and trounce you. Her innocent presence (HA!) will engage you. Fool you.

Aprille I.

How does one person command the stage for an hour and make it feel like 10 minutes? She makes it funny and inspiring and makes it feel like she’s just telling us stories over a cup of coffee! Miyo Yamauchi charmed us with her bubbly personality and her quirky outlook on the differences between the eastern and western worlds, and enlightened us to the many reasons why just liking sushi won’t make us Japanese!

Lisa L.

I especially treasured her voices for her different characters. If I have to pick one, I would choose the story about her grandmother as my favorite. The single prop—a push-able, black cube which served alternately as a pin on a map, a boiling cauldron, and even an actual place for sitting!

Ashton C.

MIYO-MAZING!!! From beginning to end. I wish the show was longer 90 mins. It went too quick.

Anthony P.

She made sensitive topic turn into very relatable and funny for most of people. The show was not only fun to listen as story but sound, background images also caught audience attention very well through the show.

Ayumi M.

Refreshing and wonderfully entertaining! Miyo’s stories were relatable. She navigated sensitive topics in a way that allowed the audience to hear and process Miyo’s message. Her videos were a perfect complement to her stories.

Evelyn B.

Wow! Fun. Relatable. Touching. Brilliant. Insightful. Miyo’s brings her special brand of humor to some very complicated and sensitive human matters.

Ty F.

Miyo Yamauchi is not only remarkable, she turned a newly learned language and spun it into a informative, poignant show filled with humor that is global. She is a genuine delight to watch. You’ll want to meet her!

Lauri F.

Yamauchi is at her best when tendering cultural insights such as, “Japanese people believe alcohol is a perfume for our minds.

Miyo Yamauchi shows herself to be an enjoyable and very entertaining storyteller.

Ernest Kearney

An award-winning L.A. playwright


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.

Miyo with Harushika sign

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.

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Miyo Yamauchi the Storyteller

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