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.
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