Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ota's Surfin' Lecture

Filmmaker Ayako Imamura recently gave a lecture in Hirakata-shi about her new film, Coffee and Pencil. So it seemed like a good idea to invite the star of the film, Tatsuro Ota, for a guest lecture as well. He generously accepted and came all the way from Shizuoka to tell his surfing tales to a full house.

Upbeat, very genki and extremely popular, Ota is never at a loss for an interesting story about surfing, his surf shop, his deaf family, his early days at deaf schools, experiences in Hawaii, etc., etc. He also showed a film clip with footage not included in Coffee and Pencil.

Ota is a fun and generous person and another example of a great communicator. Be sure to check out the film if you haven't seen it yet. And visit his surf shop as well for some good Hawaiian coffee and conversation. But if the waves are up, you might have to catch him at the beach...

Link to more photos of the event: https://picasaweb.google.com/visual.gonthros/OtaSurfingLecture?authuser=0&feat=directlink

Link to Ota's web page (in Japanese): http://homepage3.nifty.com/SurfHouseOta/

Coffee and Pencil will be  playing at the KAVC Cinema in Kobe from 6/23 - 6/29.
For more information: http://kavccinema.jp/lineup/1085

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