Textile Performance 2014
"Textile Performance" is a performance arts show organized and created by juniors studying Textile Design at Tama Art University. Every year, around 2500 people come to see their shows. Recently, they have gained international recognition. In 2012, they were invited to perform at Aalto University in Finland. Textile Performance is a very unique show similar to a fashion show, presenting not only the completed outfits but the processes in creating each of them as well.
Arika is a Peace Bell Scholar and studies Sociology and Japan Studies at International Christian University.
When she was student at Tokyo Metropolitan Kokusai High School, she was involved with the non-profit organization, Free the Children Japan, through which she made various contributions to her community as well as to international collaborations. Upon becoming an undergraduate, she began working for the Institute for Strategic Leadership (ISL) in the University Student Division. At ISL, she and other university students volunteer their time to organize a leadership program geared towards university freshmen called 7DAYS. The program encourages its participants to think critically about the course of a university education. In 2010, Arika received the Humanity Achievement Award in the U18 (Under 18) category from Japan Junior Chamber as well as the NHK Future Award. In 2013, she participated in the Ship for South East Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP).
During his college years, he was very active in the outdoors club; he travelled to the Amazon, Yugoslavia, and other various countries. After graduation, he became a TV director working on TV shows such as “Tokoro-san no Me ga Ten (George Tokoro is Stunned!)” and “Shinken 10-dai Shaberiba (Serious Teens Debates)” until he turned 30, when he switched careers to become a farmer. Training for large-scale governmental production, he entered the world of urban agriculture. In 2014, he established a company, Noutenki, based in Kunitachi, Tokyo to create agriculture-themed events and media such as rent-a-farm programs, mud events for children to play in rice paddies, and DVD manuals for vegetable cultivation.
When he was 19 years old, Mr. Miyoshi started training to become the business coordinator in the Internet department at The Grameen Bank. He worked for The Grameen Bank for three years in Bangladesh. After turning 22, he left the company to establish and manage the first career magazine in Bangladesh with a Bangladesh business partner.
After his return to Japan, he started working at Google where he became the youngest founding member of the NPO "Google for Nonprofits" which launched in July, 2014 in Japan.
Starting violin at the age of four, Haruki Kunishige played in school orchestras and contests from a very young age. In ninth grade, she won at a local music competition. During high school, she became close friends who played classical, jazz, and pop music with whom she would jam and create new music. In college, she puts on independent music performances. Her favorite composers are Tchaikovsky, Debussy, and Ringo Sheena.
Hidenori Suzuki graduated from Waseda University in 1987. He immediately began working at a trust bank, handling currency exchanges, investment bonds, and derivative-related work, but continued to study and received his MBA at Duke University. From 2000, Suzuki worked both domestically and internationally at a capital investment company and managing pension funds for a consulting company. Currently, Suzuki works as a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and as a chartered member of the Securities Analysts Association of Japan (SAAJ).
Hiroshi Ichige is a Politics major at International Christian University (ICU). In 2012, he participated in Musashino Energy Shift, a public network in the Mitaka and Musashino area advocating new policies concerning energy. Consequently, Ichige was inspired to form CEVen TOKYO, an association of university students in the Tokyo area that promotes businesses involved with renewable energy. Ichige has participated in the 64th and 65th Japan-America Student Conference. In 2014, he was a House Leader at the Summer School operated by H-LAB in Obuse Town. Though he matriculated into ICU with the desire of becoming an international civil-service worker, Ichige now aspires to change the issues before him through working with the local communities. After graduation, Ichige plans to work as a reporter at a broadcasting station.
Prior to the Great East Japan Earthquake, Hiroshi Jinkawa helped manage companies. Currently he organizes ninja and ninjutsu experience programs to promote the Japanese/Yamazato culture. Jinkawa asserts that the surfacing of limitations of a strict dependence on Western economic necessitates an alternative perspective. He advocates the traditional Japanese philosophy wa and hopes to initiate a dialogue on how the goals of the individual and the collective can be balanced to create a harmonious society. In the future, he plans to return to the corporate world to educate about and promote traditionally Japanese "flexible and beautiful" business practices.
At age 50, Tamura started her own business The Supermarket. The following year, she lost her sight of vision. Despite her loss of vision, Tamura never lost her ambition. She created descriptive audio and organized widely accessible screenings across Japan for the documentary Konbanwa. She gives lectures to students at schools, elementary through post-secondary as well as Sunday schools; every year, she teaches theatre theory at the Tokyo University of the Arts. She has hosted an FM radio show every Monday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. for four years. She hosts a live reading club, a rakugo (Japanese comic monologue) club, and various concerts. Recently, her live reading club has covered The Tales of the Genji over six sessions in one year while she managed a salon meant to be enjoyed by both the visually abled and impaired. Last but not least, Tamura is also oversees peer counselors for Katsushika City.
Michael T. Kawachi is a Bible teacher and leads a Christian leadership training class for 175 men each week. Unexpectedly, he became a born-again Christian at the age of 26. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of ICU. He recently retired as a vice-president of Amazon.com and is now a private investor and visiting scholar at a leading U.S. law school. He is married to Yuria, his wife of 30 years, and has 2 daughters, Ayla and Eliya. Together they attend Tokyo Baptist Church and Bible Study Fellowship International.
Miguel Sosa was born in Bogotá, Colombia. He studied piano at the University of Ottawa in Canada. In 1995, he moved to Tokyo to conduct research at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Besides his work in music, Miguel also graduated from Columbia University, Teachers College. Currently, he teaches in the English for Liberal Arts Department at ICU. For more information about DUO Hojo & Sosa, visit their website at http://sound.jp/duo.
Under the influence of his father, Ruto Takane began learning to play the piano at a young age using Beyer's instruction books for beginners. While continuing with piano, he explored other styles of music: pop, wadaiko (Japanese drums), wind instruments, chorus, light music, and jazz. In middle school and high school, he performed at chorus contests and school festivals in front of large audiences. Still, his favorite place to play piano was at home by himself. Recently, he participated in musicals, allowing him to expand his skill set into the world of dancing and theatre. Ruto hopes to combine his wide range of experiences in art to one day develop his own style of performance.
Tokyo-native Satoko Hojo studied piano and graduated from the Musashino Academia Musicae. Soon after, she moved to Canada to study at the University of Ottawa.
In addition, she obtained an ARCT diploma from the Toronto Royal Conservatory of Music. In 1995, Satoko founded the Aoba Piano Circle, a music school designed for adult learners.
Yusuke Matsuda is the founder and CEO of NPO Teach For Japan. A graduate of Nihon University, Matsuda began his career as a physical education teacher at a private junior and senior high school in Tokyo,where he devised a special curriculum “Sports English,” teaching his Japanese students completely in English. Next in his career, he served as an analyst of educational policies for the Board of Education in Chiba Prefecture. Upon finishing his masters at Harvard Graduate School of Education, he worked as consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers Japan before establishing Teach For Japan. At the World Economic Forum at Davos, he was named a Global Shaper. He is also a member of the Nara Municipal Conference for the Promotion of Education and a project associate professor at Kyoto University. In 2013, he published his book Guuguru, Dizunii Yori mo Hatarakitai "Kyoushitsu" (trans: More than Google and Disney, The Place I'd Rather Work is the Classroom).
Zack was born in the small town of Narragansett, Rhode Island in the United States. Determined to follow his childhood dreams of living and working in Japan, he transferred to myriad universities along the way. Eventually transferring to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, he came to ICU as a study abroad student and fell in love with his life in Japan. Zack decided to extend his stay by another year, graduating from UMass at ICU next summer. Upon graduation he has decided to follow his dream by living and working in Japan for the foreseeable future.