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-
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 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-
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-
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.
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-
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-
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-
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 “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 was born Fukui Japan.He studied dancing at Dance Art Company ALCA 2007-
He performed "The King and I" as male ensemble at Maltz Jupiter theatre Jupiter, FL 2014.
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-
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-
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 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-
Sayaka relocated to New York City in 2013.
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!!!
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 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.
|JPA Cultural Repertoires|
|Traditional Japanese Dance|
|Kimono Wearing Workshop|
|Kimono Modeling Workshop|
|Japanese Hair and Dressing Kimono|
|Panoramasian Dance Project|
|Kimono Show at BBG|