Her venues include the National Storytelling Festival, as Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center, the Hans Christian Andersen Statue in New York City, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Timpanogos Storytelling Conference, and in festivals, schools, libraries, senior communities, and museums across the country. An award-winning school library media specialist for over thirty years, Anne taught storytelling for National-Louis University. Her CD, "Sakura Tales: Stories from Japan," won a Storytelling World Resource Honor Award in 2019.
One of Anne’s most moving programs is "Hidden Memory," the story of her Japanese American family’s immigration to the United States and experience in the incarceration camps of World War II. In 2019, the government of Japan invited Anne to tell her family story at three Tokyo high schools.
In 2022, Anne was decorated with the Order of the Rising Sun, Silver Rays, conferred by His Majesty the Emperor of Japan for significant contributions as a professional storyteller in promoting Japanese culture in the United States and promoting friendly relations and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States.
Please visit Anne’s website to see her calendar, learn about programs, and listen to a story.