Cultures are characteristics of countries or regions. Such characteristics can be understood through learning each region’s typical lifestyles, thinking patterns, and general attitudes toward life. There are myriad diverse cultures the world over – each, with its distinct characteristics, demonstrating the uniqueness of each culture’s climate, environment, surrounding circumstances and background history.
People have been inventing things suitable to their environment and nurturing their own unique value systems in their group activities. The visible characteristics of each region can be recognized as the representation of the area’s spiritual values. In turn, by actively learning the cultural value systems of each region, one can gain a deeper understanding of what is visible, as the representation of items of each culture.
It is often said that by comparing your own culture to another, you gain an improved understanding of your culture, and the subject culture, as well. For example, generally Japanese culture is described as a group-
Japanese and Western cultures do not always stand at one extreme or the other; to facilitate cultural education, such comparisons are useful, however. Japan Performing Arts, Inc. aims to explain Japanese culture with visible cultural representation programs and performances, along with background information, using methods of cultural comparison.
We would like to introduce Japan’s cultural wisdom, nurtured by a variety of practical and spiritual needs in the lives of the people of Japan.
Our activities are mainly geared towards: 1) Schools, 2) Local Communities -
We hope to demonstrate historical and cultural contexts in our performances (including some ethno-
Our presentations primarily demonstrate Japanese traditions and values; often including themes of patience, harmony and discipline, which we are convinced, are fundamentally inherent to Japanese culture.
Japan Performing Arts, Inc. aims to accomplish its mission by providing learning opportunities for children and adults, through lectures and performances. Performances can be accompanied by lectures and demonstrations, or JPA can simply host cultural workshops.
Japan Performing Arts, Inc. is a non-
Our activities cater to the needs of local Japanese communities, as well as those of any community seeking to experience the many forms of Japanese traditional arts.
Yuko Hamada / President
Yuko Hamada is the founder and President of Japan Performing Arts, Inc. Yuko is also a Nichibu (or Nihon Buyo) dance choreographer/dancer. She used to be a member of Takarazuka Revue Company, a nationally well-
Motoko Tadano was born in Japan and began her dance training in Classeic ballet. She has performed at prominent dance platforms all over Japan. She then moved to New York City to further her dance training and performance skills in Modern and Contemporary Dance and Choreography, and she has frequently performed for various contemporary choreographers in illustrious dance theatres in New York City. Since 2006 she has been repertory assistant and lead dancer in Overground Physical Theatre Dance Company’s interdisciplinary works choreographed by dance maverick Antonia Katrandjieva. Since 2008 She joined Japan Performing Arts as a Performing artist and creative pillar of the Japanese performing arts movement in New York educating the artistic community on Japanese traditional dance and culture. Most recently, she has presented at BAM Fisher the world premiers of " X-
Miki's absolute fascination to small-
Midori Anami studied Ballet and Jazz dance at Swan Ballet School, as well as Nihon buyou (Japanese traditional dance) with Mamisuke Hanayagi, in Kumamoto, Japan. She moved to New York in 1996 to pursue her dance career and studied various forms of dance at Ballet Arts, Broadway Dance Center and Martha Graham School for Dance. She toured with French singer Mylene Farmer for her world tour "Mylenium" from 1999 to 2000 and made numerous TV appearances in France. She has appeared in many concerts and dinner shows throughout NY and NJ. She performs modern dance with various choreographers in NYC. She joined JPA in 2014.
Yuki DelliPaoli works in a beauty industry in New York, specialized in enhancing eyelashes. She is also a certified personal color analyst. Her grandfather was a Noh-
Takashi Hosoi is a dancer, singer, actor and model based in New York. Originally from Fukui Japan. Since he moved New York he has performed musicals "The King and I,"(Malts Jupiter Theatre) " Jesus Christ Superstar,"(Secret Theatre) and "Romance of the Western Chamber,"(TADA Theatre) in U.S. regional theatres. Several dance performance in Sue Samuel's Jazz Roots Dance Company. Recently credit including "Black Bird" "All Blues" and "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" with Jason Samuels Smith. He joined Japanese Performing Arts 2015. He has learned Japanese traditional dance Nihonbuyo, and traditional performing arts Kagura. He performed Kagura("Orochi"giant serpent) in The Nippon Club, and Tenri Culture Institute, 2016.
Chrisy Kakurai was born in Japan, and started dancing Classic Ballet at the age of 3.She entered to the Princess Grace classic ballet Academy on a scholarship where she took the top prize, and performed at the Opera House in Monaco. She has studied Modern, Jazz, Street dance, contemporary, Tap, Acting and Singing in Japan and NY. She performed in productions as dancer and actor at Famous entertainment Park, TV, Theater, Music Video, Movie, Model and many Night Clubs. She was picked to be the main character IA of dance Vocaloid in “Comicon New York 2014”, she was featured in NY and Japanese anime media magazines. She created a performance show with the choreography and dancing coach workshop of the World Voice Ensemble Inc. in NY. She has been dancing a lot of performance in New York as a company member of "Jazz Roots Dance Company".
Pablo Ito started his career as a performer in Okinawa, Japan. In Okinawa, he learned acting, singing and dance from Yuka Takara and danced for her concerts. After moving to New York, he learned acting at HB Studio, dance at Broadway Dance Center and singing from many vocal coaches such as Lorraine Serabian and Yvonne Hatchett. He is a dancer of Sue Samuels’ Jazz Roots Dance Company and The Artist’s Sandbox. He has been performing in musicals, dance concerts and cabaret shows. He recently appeared in the Off-
Sayaka Wada is originally from Tokyo, Japan.
After she studied dance at Tokyo School of Music, she worked at Tokyo Disney Resort for 4 years earning her spot as one of their elite dancers. Additionally, she has extensive experience as a Teacher/Choreographer as well as several appearances in various
hows with well-
She was a member of the Japanese drums & street dance group, COBU (2014-
Sayaka is excited to officially start her professional career as a Dancer in NYC with JPA!!!
Masatsugu Sakai was born and grew up in Shimane prefecture, Japan where the Iwami Kagura Dance (Shinto theatrical dance) thrived primarily. He grew up watching his father dancing Kagura at the informal gathering. He himself joined the local performing art club and played a program, Jinrin at the opening of the cultural center in his childhood. He played the head of 3 demons, which was the lead role in the Jinrin. Currently in N.Y. he is learning to dance the role of Susanoo (God) in the play Orochi (The eight headed dragons).
Aoi Kadonishi was born in Japan. When she was 3 years old, she started ballet. When she was 14, she moved Canada to study ballet at Victoria Academy of Ballet. Also she graduated high school in Canada. During she is in Canada she learned Cecchetti method and she got "Commended" in Intermediate exam. Also she learned RAD and got "Highly Committed" in RAD intermediate exam. When she was 17, she accepted to Certificate Program at The Ailey School.
Sho MIYA (Kochi, Japan) began his jazz dance training at the age 3 with his mother, Aki Miya, and he studied ballet under Daisuke Takeuchi in Hokkaido, Japan. He also has trained in hiphop, tap, modern, and contemporary, and has traveled numerous times to New York to deepen his knowledge. In 2015, he officially moved to New York City to train at The Ailey School. He received a scholarship for two full years at The School, and has performed in "Memoria" with the company at New York City Center in 2016. He also trained at Saratoga, Ailey, and Complexions summer intensives on scholarship
Ryo Shiba is an attorney by day, a dancer, singer, novelist, and podcaster by night. Born and raised in Japan but he somewhat mastered the English language without that much exposure to the outside world, maybe because he loved chatting with people way too much. He has been on his weight-
Akiko Matsumoto graduated from Marymount Manhattan College in New York City with B.F.A. in Dance, focusing on Choreography. She also studied acting with Ron Stetson in Stetson Studios. Her credits include commercials on MTV and Showtime, the role of Li’l Eva and ensemble in “The King and I” in U.S. regional theaters, and dancer/performer in various music videos, shows and festivals. She thanks Yuko for the opportunity to stay connected with, and spread the beautiful Japanese culture through performing arts.
Sayaka Aiba is a Japanese traditional dancer (Nihon-
Tomoko Sater (Assistant Director)
Tomoko Takedani Sater hails from Tokyo, Japan, and she came to the U. S. in 2002 to study dance. She received BA in Dance from SUNY Potsdam, and MFA in Dance from The University of Michigan. Since 2008, she has produced and performed in New York City with a theatre dance company she co-
Mariko Takizawa (Stage Manager)
Mariko Takizawa graduated from Borough of Manhattan Community College with AS degree in Theatre, specializing in stage management. Her stage management credits include The Arsonists (Tribeca Performing Arts Center), The Red Coat (BMCC), Rashomon (Japan Performing Arts, Inc.), SONG (HERE Arts Center), JPA Cultural Repertoires (Japan Performing Arts, Inc.), The Fairy Tale Project (Tribeca Performing Arts Center). Other credits include: running crew, operation crew, and wardrobe crew at Off-
Wakaba Nakamura was born in Hiroshima, Japan in 1996. When she was three, she began ballet in Chico Nakata Ballet Theater. She just really loved to dance. And she went to Tokyo after she graduated from high school, and she studied other kinds of dance. Then she came to New York in 2016. Now she is studying at Alvin Ailey American Dance School.
Tsubasa Nishioka started classical ballet dance training at age 7 and modern dance at age 9. His teachers are Atusko Yamada and Fumihito Shimizu. His associates degree is from Ariake Arts Education College. His awards include 1st place in the Chiba Select Young Dancer’s Performance, 3rd place in the Saitama Dance Competition, and 2nd place in the NBA National Ballet Competition. He has previously performed Fumihito Shimizu’s “Water Flow” in Japan. He is the first year student at The Ailey School .
Seika Takeuchi (Production & Stage Assistant)
Seika Takeuchi is from Japan. She has trained for ten years in various types of dance. Since coming to New York City to study at Borough of Manhattan Community College as a Theatre major, some of her acting credits include Measure for Measure (Tribeca Performing Arts Center), Marco Millions (The Brick), and stage reading of Mutually Exclusive in The Brick Theater where currently she is working at in Brooklyn. She is thankful and excited to be part of this production.
Seika Itoh is a singer, actress, and dancer in Japan and in NYC. At the age of 12, she debuted on a film "Out of This World" for the role Tsubame Misora directed by Junji Sakamoto. She has been in numerous scripted TV series, music videos, and TV commercials for companies such as Nintendo and Ikedamohando Co., Ltd (ムヒ). She was also a radio reporter at FM Yokohama. Recently, she played Liat from South Pacific in NYC.
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