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    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-oriented culture, as opposed to the individualism of the West. Also, the emphasis on the visual representation in Japanese culture is often described, in contrast to the Western emphasis on verbal description.


   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 -- offering opportunities to understand Japanese culture intellectually. Our performances and programs can be tailored to the specific needs and interests of these communities.


   We hope to demonstrate historical and cultural contexts in our performances (including some ethno-psychological contexts); learning experiences can be very entertaining and memorable for people of all ages.


    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-profit organization established by Yuko Hamada to introduce Japanese art forms in New York.  Based in New York City, JPA's activities focus on educational experiences to discover and re-discover Japanese culture through Japanese performing arts.   


   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-known all-female theater in Japan. She graduated from the dramatic writing program of Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. She wrote, directed and produced three Off-off Broadway plays and received a lot of media coverage for her unique presentation of Japanese theater arts. Since the establishment of Japan Performing Arts, Inc., her pursuit of Japanese theater presentation has been ever evolving with wider range of venues, such as at the United Nations Headquarters, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Brooklyn Botanic Garden, etc. In 2015, Yuko established Kagura Preservation Society of New York to introduce the Chugoku region's performing art. The Society gave performances in 2015 and 2017 at MMAC and Symphony Space in New York City as a major part of JPA Cultural Repertoires productions. The next production is scheduled in Winter, 2018.

Motoko Tadano


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-Stream" and " DISCONNECT" and " BEE-Have" at  Ailey Citygroup Theater as a collaborator and critical role with Overground and Codice Rosso Theatre. Motoko has garnered critical plaudits for her outstanding performances and artistic achievements by the Theatre Magazine, Theatre Forum, Attitude Magazine, the New Yorker, Dance Insider, Eye on Dance and New York Times, to mention but a few.



Miki Kosugi  


Miki's absolute fascination to small-scale theatrical arts started when she saw "The Atami Murder Case" by Tsuka Kohei as a high school student. As a junior college student for fine arts, she would belong to Osaka's small-scale theatrical productions and gain a lot of experiences in the art format. Even after college, she would continue working in the field as she would work as a background set design artist as well as an actor appearing in various roles. Upon her marriage in 1994, she came to the United States and she's been involved in theaters in New York since then.  As an actor, she would appear in Yuko Hamada's "Flower of Water 2"

Midori Anami


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


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-dance trainer of Konparu style in Nara pref. Japan.Yuki was born in Hyogo pref. Japan and moved to New York in 1985. She is very excited to keep in touch with her own roots by learning Nichibu at Japan Performing Arts, Inc.

Members

Sayaka Wada


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-known Japanese  artists. Sayaka relocated to New York City in 2013.

 She was a member of the Japanese drums & street dance group, COBU (2014-2015).

Sayaka is excited to officially start her professional career as a Dancer in NYC with JPA!!!


Masatsugu Sakai


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).    

 

Sho Miya


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


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-loss/transformation journey since 2015 and he has lost over 100lbs. If you’re ever interested in finding out more, follow him @obesian_to_asian on Instagram.

Akiko Matsumoto


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.


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-founded. Currently, Tomoko wears many hats such as a dance teacher, a Japanese educator, an interpreter/translator, a producer, an emcee, and a video editor, while raising her 5 years old daughter. 




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-Off Broadway theater HERE, backstage manager at Japan Day.

Wakaba Nakamura


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


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.



Kiyo Kamisawa (Script Translator)


Kiyo Kamisawa is a theatre artist from Tokyo, Japan. She has recently graduated from SUNY Purchase College with a Theater and Performance degree, specializing in directing and playwriting. She is a director, playwright, and dramaturg who is interested in connecting people from different backgrounds through theater. Her past credit includes: Beauty Lies Within (co-writer, director, and sound designer), Orestes 2.0 (dramaturg), The Skriker (dramaturg), Yuya (playwright,


director) at SUNY Purchase College, and the workshop production of Suicide Forrest (assistant director) at The Bushwick Starr.




Sayaka Aiba


Sayaka Aiba is a Japanese traditional dancer (Nihon-buyo) and performing artist. She has been dancing Gojyo style in Japan for 11 years and enjoys sharing Japanese culture with the world. In New York Sayaka has performed at Carnegie Hall, Mets Stadium, "Japan Day” in Central Park, Duplex Cabaret Theater, The Bitter End, Lecture Series at Microsoft 5th Avenue, Hayden Planetarium in American Museum Natural History with Marsband and Sakura Festival in Brooklyn Botanical Garden. She has also performed for O-edo Onsen Theme Park Tokyo, Theater X Tokyo, NHK TV series “Princess Astuhime” as well as being featured in an NHK Japanese Documentary.







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