Kaizan Nitta

Kaizan Nitta was born on Okinoerabu Island, a remote island which is part of Kagoshima’s Amami archipelago. Just north of Okinawa, Okinoerabu is rooted in the Okinawan culture along with that of the other Ryukyu Islands.  Here he learned to play the sanshin, a stringed instrument local to the Okinawan and Amami islands, from Tomiyasu Okita.  In 2000, Kaizan became …

Hakusui Ogiyama

Since 2007, Hakusui Ogiyama has been studying Kinshin-ryu Satsuma Biwa under Osaka-based Kinshin-ryu biwa player Teisui Nakano.  Hakusui specializes in the heroic performance and narration of the Satsuma Biwa, which draws on Samurai traditions. In addition to traditional classical music, she also uses modern Japanese to tell all kinds of new stories. This is called “Otogi Biwa,”which she uses to …

Norm Nakamura

Norm Nakamura, A.K.A. Tokyo Lens, is a content creator based in Tokyo, Japan. After spending years (successfully) chasing his dream of becoming the apprentice of the Yoshida Brothers, he started content creation as a way to share the beauty that was around him, and document his journey along the way. Today, he works hand-in-hand with most of Japan’s top shamisen …

Koji Nagai

Producer Koji Nagai was born in Kobe, Japan. Since 1993, he has produced many musical, informational, and animated works for TV, such as Ace Attorney, Space Brothers, Space Brothers #0, Magic Kaito, The Kindaichi Case Files R, Kekkaishi, and Yashahime: Princess Half Demon. He is currently producing the 6th season of My Hero Academia, which is airing now.  In April, …

Kazushige Yusa

Kazushige Yusa is a 2D and 3D animation writer, director, and illustrator.  Yusa previously worked for Tatsunoko Production Company. He worked on pieces such as Urusei Yatsura, Touch, The Moomins and Ojarumaru.  He also works on short films such as NHK’s Okaasan to Issho, Inai Inai Baa, and Pythagora Switch, and private tv company Renoa’s, Z Kai. In 2013, he …

Hiroshi Nagahama

Hiroshi Nagahama was born in 1970 in Saiki, Ooita, Japan and is an animator and director. He started his career at Madhouse Studio, where he worked on The Cockpit and Azuki-chan.  After leaving Madhouse Studio, he became a freelancer,  working on the conceptual design for Revolutionary Girl Utena.  After that, he worked as the storyboard writer and animation director for …

The☆Jacabal’s

The☆Jacabal’s are a “Samurai Actor” unit that performs on stage, TV, and in dramas in Japan. In 2005, Ryo Shigezumi and Jigoro formed The Chonmage Gundan Super.  In 2006, about 1200 people came to the first performance of “Ishikawa Goemon”.   In 2012, they decided they wanted to take on new challenges other than only Tate (sword-dancing) and historical plays, and …

Etsuko Kawamura

Etiquette teacher Etsuko Kawamura’s father is a Japanese house architect, and her exposure to Japanese housing and building gave her an interest in Japanese courtesy and traditions. After resigning from her work at a travel company, she studied Japanese etiquette and the art of kimono, specializing in the juunihitoe, which is an extremely elegant and highly complex kimono. Since she …

Someta Hayashiya

Someta Hayashiya was born in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture. After graduating from Kansai University, he was apprenticed to Somemaru Hayashiya IV. Currently he is based in Tenma Tenjin Hanjotei in Osaka, and has appeared on nationwide rakugo shows, television and radio. Early in his career, he won Grand Champion at the young rakugo performers contest. Mr. Hayashiya is skilled in …