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Yuko Hamada / President


Yuko Hamada is the founder and president of Japan Performing Arts, Inc., and a choreographer/dancer of Japanese traditional dance, Nihonbuyo.  She was a member of Takarazuka Revue Company, famous all-female theater in Japan. She would mainly perform male roles. 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 “Flower of Water – two incense sticks,“ “Flower of Water  2 – awaking from two beings,“ and “Mt. Asagi.” These shows received a lot of media coverage for her unique presentation of Japanese theater arts. After the establishment of Japan Performing Arts, Inc., her pursuit of Japanese theater presentation has been evolving with wider range of venues, such as PanoramAsian dance project collaborating with Persian, Indian, Chinese and Korean dancers. This PanoramAsian dance project was invited and presented at the United Nations Headquarters. Just recently, JPA’s dance performances were presented at the New York field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Yuko’s activities expanded even further to introduce Japanese local performing arts. Most recently, she established Kagura Preservation Society to introduce Chugoku region’s performing arts.

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 Nichibu (Japanese 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 (France, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, etc.) 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.

    Our activities are mainly 1) for schools, 2) for local communities to give people the opportunities to understand the Japanese culture intellectually.  Our performance activities but our programs can be specifically tailored to the needs and the interests of the communities.


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


    As our presentations are primarily demonstrating Japanese traditions and values, the themes often include patience, harmony and discipline, which we believe are fundamentally inherent in Japanese culture.

    Japan Performing Arts, Inc. aims to accomplish its mission by providing learning opportunities for children and adults through our activities in lectures and performances. Our 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 of discovering and re-discovering Japanese culture through Japanese performing arts.   

Our activities caters the needs of the local Japanese communities as well as those from any community seeking to experience various forms of Japanese traditional arts.

Japan Performing Arts, Inc.

    Cultures are characteristics of countries or regions. Such characteristics can be understood through learning each region’s typical lifestyles, thinking patterns, and general attitudes towards life. There are myriad of diverse cultures from all around the world and each of them has its distinct characteristics. It shows how there is uniqueness in each culture’s climate, environment, surrounding circumstances and the background history. People have been inventing things suitable to their environment and nurtured their own distinct value systems in their group activities. Therefore, what’s visible as characteristics of each region can be seen as the representation of the region’s spiritual values.  In turn, by actively learning such cultural value systems of each region, you can understand more in depth about what’s visible as the representation items of each culture.


    It is often said that by comparing your own culture to another culture, you understand your own culture and the subject of comparison culture better. For example, generally Japanese culture is described as having a group-oriented culture as opposed to the individualism of the Western culture. Also, the emphasis on the visual representation in Japanese culture is often described as a contrast between the Western emphases on verbal description. Japanese and Western cultures do no always stand in one extreme in the cultural spectrum and the other, but in order to facilitate the cultural education, such cultural comparisons are useful.  Japan Performing Arts, Inc. aims to explain Japanese culture with visible cultural representation items and performances, along with the background information using the cultural comparison methods. We would like to introduce Japan’s cultural wisdom, which were nurtured by the variety of practical and spiritual needs in the lives of people in Japan.


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.

Noriko Kawazu


Noriko Kawazu graduated from Marymount College of Fordham University with Bachelor of Arts, majored in Speech Communications and Drama.  She also studied acting and theater production in London. She has been a member of Japan Performing Arts Inc. since the year of 2004. She performed as a Nichibu dancer at various events with JPA includes; Asian American Heritage Program at FBI NY Field Division, "SACRA!" with Arts Cure Center, international cultural event at Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital & Nursing Facility. She also takes parts as a Production Assistant and a Kamishibai Reader for JPA.


About Us

Members

Hitomi  Ozaki


Hitomi Ozaki-Ly graduated from University of Hawaii at Manoa, majoring in Travel Industry Management. There, she started exploring the arts, taking ballet and modern dance. In 2014, she moved to New York City to further her studies at Steps on Broadway where she worked with numerous choreograohers. She joined Japan Performing Arts Inc. in 2015 to study Japanese classical dance, or Nihon Buyo, in hopes to learn the traditions and arts of the Japanese culture.


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).    

 

Chris Kakurai


Chris “Chrisy” Kakurai was born in Japan, and started dancing Classic Ballet at the age of 3.She entered to the Princesse 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".



Takashi Hosoi


Takashi Hosoi was born Fukui Japan.He studied dancing at Dance Art Company ALCA 2007-2010. And also performed several dance shows of this company.  Takashi moved New York in 2011, he has been training Jazz, Theater, Tap, Ballet and vocal techniques.

He performed "The King and I" as male ensemble at Maltz Jupiter theatre Jupiter, FL 2014.


Pablo Ito


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-Broadway production of “Beauty and the Beast” and “Cinderella” by Literally Alive, the Off-Broadway production of “Sleepy Hollow” by Be Bold! Productions and “CTFD 30th Anniversary Pearl Jubilee” at New York City Center.



Makoto Sakawaki (Hair designer for Japanese traditional performance)


Makoto Sakawaki  was graduated from Chubu Professional Beauty School in Japan, Year 1997. While be registered in school, she learned Traditional Hair of Japan(Nihon-gami). She worked as a Hairstylist for J's Hair and Make Corporation since 1997 to 2006, and has numerous experience in hair style art for Hair Art Show, photo-shoot for Magazine and Bridal. She moved to New York in 2008, and decided to bring out the beautiful Traditional hair of japan and Japanese skill of hair as Member of Japan Performing Arts.

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.


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 shows 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!!!


Mami Inari  (Hair designer for Japanese traditional performance)


Mami Inari was born and raised in Kyoto, Japan. She worked at a hair salon for 7 years and was able to gain a lot of skills and experience there. Since she moved to NY, she has gained experience doing NY fashion shows and weddings and also, she has been doing makeup for models for magazines or websites.

The motto is ”Constantly trying new things gives my life value”

Seika Ito


Seika Itoh is a singer, actress,  and reporter 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. She was also a radio reporter at FM yokohama and now a TV reporter at Fujisankei Communications International, Inc.