Yasu Ishida

Yasu Ishida

Yasu Ishida, Master of Fine Arts in Theatre for Young Audiences, is an award-winning magician, director and storyteller. He beautifully imbues the essence of traditional Japanese culture into his magic and storytelling. Yasu has enthralled audiences all over the United States, including

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Journey to Japan


Program description

* Virtual program option is available. Yasu has been working with schools and libraries (55 schools & libraries) in more than 8 states (CA, PA, OH, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL) to provide virtual programs for young audiences this summer. (https://youtu.be/a2A2yvLCqeY)

Combining traditional Japanese theatre, lion dance, music, origami, magic, and storytelling, Yasu will guide audiences to the enchanting


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance, Virtual/Online Program
Artistic Discipline: Dance, Literary Arts, Multi-discipline, Storytelling, Theater, Visual Arts
Cultural Origin: Asian, Multicultural
Subject: Dance, Language Arts, Literacy, Math, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Kindergarten
Bilingual: Yes
Available dates:

All year around

Length of program: 45 minutes
Space / technical requirements:

Minimum performance area: 12′ deep, 12′ wide

Wireless head set microphone (lavaliere microphone prefered). Sound system with CD or MP3 player.


At school.

Fees / Ticketing:

$800 for one performance; $1,200 for
two performances; and $1,500 for three performances at same school.
For a virtual show option, there will be $100 discount of taking out traveling fee.


NC Standard Course of Study:

SL2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including
visually, quantitatively, and orally. Through my visual storytelling with physical movements,
Japanese music and origami, students learn how to communicate through different
channels of expressions.

SL.2.4 Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive
details, speaking audibly in coherent and complete sentences. Students can learn through
my storytelling show, how to develop and apply their storytelling skills at home and also
their classroom.

L3: Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different
contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully
when reading or listening. Students can learn my storytelling with body movements
defining meaning in the spoken story.

NC Essential Standards:

2.AE.1.2: Understand how the use of costumes, props and masks enhance dramatic play. I wear Kimono & Hakama costume when I am telling Japanese stories and it enhances my characters of Samurai and princess in the story.

3.CU.2.1: Illustrate theatre etiquette appropriate to the performance situation. I explain about theatre etiquette before the show and students can practice it while watching the performance.

4.A.1.2: Critique choices made about characters, settings and events as seen or portrayed in formal and information productions. I tell two stories with a same theme from both Eastern and Western folktales in the show so that students can make a comparison of it.

Supporting Materials


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes



  • Japanese Lion Dance & Japanese Sakura Story, May 5th 2018, Maui Matsuri, Maui HI


“Yasu Ishida is one of the most creative and prolific storytellers working in the field today. I recommend him without hesitation. “

– Eric Chang, Arts Program Coordinator, East West Center

“Extraordinary artist and storyteller!”

– Jeff Gere, Former Drama Specialist, City & County of Honolulu Department of Parks & Recreation

“Yasu is an expert storyteller. I have watched his young audiences be utterly enchanted and entertained by his storytelling technique.”

– Kaye Byrnes, Former Festival Director, Florida Storytelling Festival

Cancellation Policy

If a show is cancelled because of inclement weather. It will be rescheduled for a mutually agreeable future date. And if the show is cancelled after the contract has been signed, the artist requires 50% of the fee.