Japanese Folk Tales at Kinokuniya Seattle

Sunday, December 15th at 11am & 12pm


Saturday, September 28th, 2019, 2:15pm – 2:45pm

Japanese Folktales told by Lori Whaley at Japan Week

Bellevue College, 3000 Landerholm Circle SE, Bellevue, WA

Saturday, September14, 2019, 11am – 8pm

Japanese Folktales told by Lori Whaley at Vashon Japan Festival

Mukai Farm & Garden, Vashon Island, WA

Saturday, February 23, 10am-12pm

Wrapped to Perfection

Marlene's Market & Deli | Tacoma, WA

Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 1:30pm-4:00pm

Seven Samurai Secrets of Success

Union Church of Los Angeles in Little Tokyo

Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 1:30pm-4:00pm

Seven Samurai Secrets of Success

Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 12:30pm

Peninsula College, Port Angeles, Washington

Saturday, October 6th, 2018

Japan Week at Bellevue College

2:00pm-3:00pm, Room C140 The Samurai Secret of Success

3:15pm-3:45pm, Room C140 Japanese Folklore Puppet Show in English

4:30pm-5:00pm, Room C140 Japanese Folklore Puppet Show in English

Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

Speech at Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce Luncheon

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

Japanese Folk Tale Presentation

At the Seattle Japanese Gardens in Seattle, Washington.

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

"It's a Wrap!"

Cooking demonstration at Marlene’s Market and Deli in Federal Way, Washington.

Sunday, April 22nd, 2018

Japanese Folk Tale Presentation

At Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival in Seattle, Washington.

Friday, April 20th, 2018

Japanese Folk Tale Presentation

At Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival in Seattle, Washington.

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

When everyone’s talking about it we can make a difference – Newcastle.

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Interview on CBS in Los Angeles, California.

Friday, April 6th, 2018

Workshop at Mystic Journey in Los Angeles, California.

Mystic Journey Bookstore: 1624 Abbot Kinney Blvd. Venice, CA  90291

Monday, March 19th, 2018

When everyone’s talking about it we can make a difference – Federal Way

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Miso Soup and More! with Lori Tsugawa Whaley

Experience the magic of miso and learn about its endless culinary possibilities! Rich in essential minerals and a good source of probiotics, this savory (umami) fermented soybean paste is a healthy addition to salad dressing, flavorful marinades and spicy stir fry, as well as traditional miso soup. Join Asian cuisine chef Lori as she shares some of her favorite recipes and the many health benefits of miso!

Friday, February 9, 2018


This unique cooking experience will feature three favorite healthy Japanese food ingredients; gobo, carrots and tofuGobo, Japanese word for burdock root, is long prized for its medicinal, fiber, and mineral benefits. You will learn the recipe of Kinpira Gobo, a traditional and nutritious Japanese dish enjoyed at home. The other recipe is tofu patties, which can be eaten with rice or as a meat substitute in sandwiches. You will observe and participate to discover tasty and healthy Japanese cooking to be prepared easily at home! Multi-talented, Lori Whaley, who is a great cook, an author, a professional speaker and life coach offers this class for your healthy and creative eating habit!

August 17th & September 5th, 2017

Back-to-School Bentos

Make lunch time fun and nutritious for you and your kids by turning it into a memorable experience! Bento is a traditional, Japanese-style meal in a box. Learn how to turn an ordinary lunch into something nutritious, creative, and special. Participants will create their own bento, and take their meal home in a bento box.

Sunday, April 9th, 2017 from 2-4pm

Tacoma, Washington University Bookstore Presents a book reading, discussion, and signing Seattle, Washington Conspiracy of Kindness: You’ve Given Me Life – The Life and Legacy of Chiune Sugihara

Join us in attending this inspiring and timely event; “Conspiracy of Kindness: You’ve Given Me Life – The Legacy of Chine Sugihara.” This is the second in a series of three events of “The Holocaust and Japanese American Connections.” The event will be held Sunday, April 9 from 2-4pm at Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church, 3001 24th Ave. S., Seattle, Washington 98144. The Chiune Sugihara event is open to the public, free of charge, and has plenty of free parking!

In 1939, Chiune Sugihara, aka the “Japanese Schindler,” was assigned to head the Japanese Consulate in Lithuania.  During the summer of 1940, thousands of Jews fleeing Nazi annihilation in Poland came to the Japanese Consulate seeking visas to help them escape.  Defying policy procedures of the Japanese Foreign Ministry and risking his life and career, Sugihara wrote over 2,000 transit visas, saving more than 6,000 lives during the Holocaust.

The event will feature international storyteller, Alton Takiyama-Chung, who will give a performance depicting the story of Chiune Sugihara’s heroic efforts.  Mr. Takiyama-Chung’s dramatic monologues have been described as riveting, poignant, nostalgic, and gripping.

A panel discussion will follow Mr. Takiyama-Chung’s performance. The panel will include:

Alton Takiyama-Chung – International Storyteller

Lori Tsugawa Whaley – Speaker and Author of “The Courage of a Samurai”

Ken Mochizuki  – Author of “Passage to Freedom: The Sugihara Story”

Dee Simon – Baral Family Executive Director, Holocaust Center for Humanity

A reception will follow the presentation and panel discussion.

“Conspiracy of Kindness: You’ve Given Me Life,” is the second in a series of three events presented in proud partnership with the Holocaust Center for Humanity, the Nisei Veterans Committee, the Consulate-General of Japan in Seattle, and the UW Department of American Ethnic Studies. Co-sponsoring this event is the Blaine Memorial United Methodist Church, 3001 24th Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98144.

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Shelton, Washington Book Signing Event and Japanese Cooking Demonstration at Brilliant Moon

Sunday, February 5th, 2017

Tacoma, Washington Book Signing Event at King’s Books

Join us for several book readings, signing and discussion by Lori Tsugawa Whaley, local author of “The Courage of a Samurai: Seven Sword-Sharp Principles for Success.” Lori is a third generation Japanese American Baby Boomer who endured prejudice of post WWII. As an adult, she suffered from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) as a result of two automobile accidents, and was faced with the challenge of her life. Researching and writing this book became her means of recovery and opened the door to the principles embraced by the ancient Japanese Samurai warriors. Learn how this code has been embraced by notable historical figures throughout modern history for the greater good and how we can apply it to our lives today.

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

University District Book Signing Event at University Book Store

Sunday, January 22nd, 2017

Book Signing Event at Eagle Harbor Book Co.

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Speaking Event ChickChat Seattle THE POWER OF SHE

Lori Tsugawa Whaley – break out speaker and speed coach at ChickChat GO BIG OR GO HOME Speed Coaching Summit.

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Burien, Washington – Speaking Event

Lori Tsugawa Whaley – guest speaker at “Unbelievable Women” books will be available for purchase and signing.

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Japanese Folk Tales and Book sign at Kinokuniya Book Store Santa Monica

Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Book sign - Go For Broke National Education Center Grand Opening Headquarters

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Book sign and book talk at Kinokuniya Book Store Los Angeles.

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

Portland, Oregon – Event

Saturday, April 30th, 2015

San Francisco, California – Event