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MIME

IIMURO Naoki

Mime actor

Graduate of the Marcel Marceau Paris International School of Mimodrama (Ecole Internationale de Mimodrame de Paris Marcel Marceau). Also graduated top of the class of Contemporary Dance from Ecole de Musique Classique et Religieuse. Using the Kansai region as his base, Naoki is active both in Japan and abroad. He took part in the Agency of Cultural Affairs Overseas Study Programme for Up-and-coming Artists in 2005. Naoki won a Gold medal in the mime improvisation section at the 3rd World Delphic Games in 2009 and received the Hyogo Prefecture Arts Award of Excellence in 2012.

IIMURO Naoki

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OKAMURA Wataru

Mime actor

After graduating from Osaka University of Arts, Wataru came across street mime while overseas on an extended trip to learn art. So in 2008, he started learning pantomime from famed mime actor Naoki Iimuro. Currently, he performs at various places such as theatres, music houses, or on the sidewalks.

OKAMURA Wataru

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TANI Keigo

Mime actor

Keigo performs mainly at small theatres in Kansai or at cultural events. He is also active in scriptwriting, directing, and production of plays. His interest in mime was piqued after co-starring in a mime performance, and he started tutelage under mime actor Naoki Iimuro. Besides plays, Keigo is expanding his scope of activity by taking part in collaborations in other genres as well.

TANI Keigo

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OKUMA Ryutaro

Mime actor

Besides being a stage actor, Ryutaro uses his expressive talents in a wide range of fields, taking part in overseas mime shows, Naoki Iimuro's company Mime Lab Second, dance events and so on. Also, he is in charge of scriptwriting and directing for the theatrical company Ichigekiya, of which he is the representative, where he creates plays that incorporate mime technique.

OKUMA Ryutaro

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MATSUNAGA Kazuya

Mime actor

MATSUNAGA Kazuya is a performer in the Kansai area; his work transverses a variety of fields, from theatre, dance works, and film and TV acting.
In high school, he met Naoki Iimuro, came to know the fascination of pantomime, and is now active in the Naoki Iimuro company Lab Second. He performs in such shows as The Mime Hour, and is daily exploring the possibilities of mime expression.
Armed with the technique of exploiting the gap between the mime’s noble facial expression and his comic movements, Kazuya is commanding attention as rapidly growing young star.

MATSUNAGA Kazuya

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BREAKIN’

TATSUYA

Dancer

As an all-round dancer, Tatsuya's moves are both dynamic and stylish. He has obtained the first runner-up prizes in the world class breakdance competition BATTLE OF THE YEAR JAPAN in 2008 and 2010. In 2009 and 2010, Tatsuya was also among the finalists of JAPAN DANCE DELIGHT which is the most well-known and world's biggest street dance contest. He has also won numerous prizes in other events, and works as an instructor in dance schools.

TATSUYA

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YOPPY

Dancer

Yoppy is a member of the world-class martial arts group Ichigeki. After finishing in the top four of the biggest international breakdance competition, BATTLE OF THE YEAR JAPAN, Yoppy won the Grand Prize in the Bronx Night 3on3 competition, and has since won many awards for his dance, such as finishing in the best 16 of the United Kingdom B-Boy Championships. With his dynamic and powerful movements and detailed footwork, he is master of a variety of techniques. Currently he is active in many fields, such as judging breakdance battles, and MCing dance events.

YOPPY

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Tatchyn

Dancer

Armed with explosive force and speed by using his top physical abilities, Tachyn beguiles audiences with his ingenious moves that incorporate supreme skill. Representing Japan in the world’s biggest breakdance competition, BATTLE OF THE YEAR 2014, he shone among the top four. In addition, he won the R-16 Japan preliminary contest two years in a row (2013, 2014), and went on to the World Final to take first place in the Show category and second place in the Battle category; he is also the winner of the IBE Team Battle contest in 2010. He has won many such awards both in Japan and internationally.
He is thriving in multiple roles, performing in many venues, judging dance events, and being invited as guest dancer for many events.

Tatchyn

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Junichi

Dancer

Junichi is from Okinawa. He is a member of the breakdance group that best represents Japan, “Body Carnival”. His infectious comedic personality is one of the driving energies of the group.Using his dynamic frame to best effect, the speed of his spinning moves is unparalleled among Japanese. He has won prizes at the world’s biggest Breakdance competitions, qualifying to represent Japan in BATTLE OF THE YEAR 2016--going on to finish as a semifinalist in the World Finals. He also won at UNIVERSAL DANCERS FRANCE 2016, among other awards. Together with his TV appearances and working with Flashmobs, he is recognized as one of the most promising young Japanese Breakdancers.

Junichi

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Chibanasty

Dancer

A native Okinawan, Chibansty has a flair for flashy and powerful performances. Known for his dynamic break dancing style, he wows audiences with moves that imitate complex floral patterns. His most impressive feature lies in unique muscular ability and unmatched strength.
In 2016 and 2019, Chibansty represented Japan in the annual international breakdancing competition,Battle of the Year. He placed in the World Final best four.
He also placed in the top four in the French tournament, Battle Pro, in both 2016 and 2018. Also in 2018, he gained further prominence as he participated in the highly acclaimed American tournament, the Silverback Open Championships. There, he was ranked 32nd out of 1000 competitors as one of top world class dancers in the solo category.
He has a long history of victories both in and out of Japan.
In addition to his work as a world renowned dancer, he also focuses his energies as a dance instructor and often works as a judge for dance battle competitions.

ワンヤン

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YUTA

Dancer

He was born in 2000. He joined his high school’s dance club, where he became fascinated with breakdancing, which he discovered by chance and studied hard.
He is good at dynamic movements using his blessed physique, characteristic body movements based on freeze, and a style that mixes physicality with moves in unexpected directions.
He has won many prizes including first place in various dance battles mainly for young dancers,and is emerging as a dancer of the next generation.

じゅんいち

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DOLL

HYODO Yuka

Actress

Yuka debuted as the lead actress in the film Shara Soju, which was directed by Naomi Kawase and was entered in the Competition section of the Cannes International Film Festival in 2003. In 2004, she won the Best Newcomer of the Year award at the 18th Takasaki Film Festival for the same film. In recent years, she has been performing in and outside of Japan as a member of Original Tempo, a non-verbal performing group. In 2009, Shut up, Play!! attained the highest 5-star rating at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Since then, she has been performing in many places like Singapore, Taiwan, London, Croatia and so on. In 2012, she took part in Audition for Life, an international collaboration project with Slovenia.

HYODO Yuka

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SASAKI Yasuko

Actress

Yasuko graduated from Kobe University in the prestigious Institute for Human Development, and studied in the Faculty of Human Expression. During her time there, she started performing. From comedy to more serious roles, her acting flexibility and adaptability have ensured that she is in great demand on stages throughout the Kansai area. She is also a sophisticated ballet and contemporary dancer, appearing in the Kobe Biennale in Seki Noriko’s site specific works Gate and Kira. Yasuko is active in a wide range of styles of performance.

SASAKI Yasuko

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NAKAMURA Rumi

Actress

Rumi has been Baton Twirling at the age of two, and has since won the championship in Dance Twirling and Twin Baton Twirling at the prestigious All Japan Baton Twirling Competition for a consecutive three years. She also boasts of having won awards in solo baton twirling nationally, as well as many other awards.
As captain of the dance team of her high school, she lead them to the Kobe All Japan Dance Festival event for 2010 and 2011, and 2013 took them to them advance in the All Japan High School Dance Competition to garner the CBC prize.
At Kobe University, Rumi began studying theatrical performance as well, and is active in her own work, as well as performing and choreographing in other pieces. Additionally appearing on many stages throughout Kansai, her career is off to an energetic start.
With her vigor and physical ability cultivated by Baton Twirling, Rumi is an up and coming young actress who is attracting much attention in the theatrical community.

NAKAMURA Rumi

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ANDO Rika

Actress

She has studied baton twirling since childhood, and has twice won the Grand Prix (Prime Minister's Prize) at the National Marching Band Baton Twirling Competition, the largest of its kind in Japan. She has also won awards in individual events, including second place in the All Japan Baton Twirling Championships in Kansai.
Currently, she is active as a baton twirling performer as well as an actor and dancer, making use of her rich expressive ability. Aspiring to expand overseas, she has been sharing the charm of baton twirling at various commercial establishments and festivals.
In 2022, she held her first solo performance "Rika Run" incorporating monologue, baton twirling, and dance, which was well received.

ANDO Rika

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YAMANE Akari

Actress

She is a current college student at Doshisha University and will graduate in the spring of 2024.
She has studied classical ballet since the age of five. She was greatly impressed by "GEAR," which she saw in junior high school, which led her to join the drama club in high school, and later to gain experience with the "Himawari Theatre Group.
Her flexible physical expression that makes use of her slender arms and legs, as well as her bold and powerful acting that one might not expect from her slender appearance, are appealing.
With "GEAR" as the first step in her career, she is a promising young actress with great potential to make her mark in the theatre world.

YAMANE Akari

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YOSHIMOTO Sara

Actress

Born in 2004. She has had a wide range of experience in gymnastics and classical ballet since childhood, as well as jazz dance and tap dance during elementary school.
In her third year of junior high school, she saw "GEAR" and was so impressed that she decided to become a stage actress.
In 2022, she performed as the leader of her own theater company, "Sotobakomachi," while still in high school.
She also excels at sword fighting and acrobatics, and her dynamic acting that makes the most of her physical abilities and her lively atmosphere are her main attractions.

YOSHIMOTO Sara

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MAGIC

AMAKUSA Shohgo

Magician

A graduate of Kyoto University of Art and Design, Shohgo came across magic while he was still a university student. He spent his time training hard while wandering through restaurants and stages as a magician. He is now an up-and-coming young magician who is trying his hand at a new genre of magic—magic that has a story and combines both film production (which he majored in at university) and magic together. Besides appearing on TV shows with NHK and ABC and so on, he also plays a magician in the movie Miroku.

AMAKUSA Shohgo

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MATSUDA Yuki

Magician

As a mere middle-schooler, Yuki was so impressed with a magic show that he saw on television that he started to learn magic techniques all by himself. As a college student, he apprenticed with world-class magicians Hiromasa Fukai and Kimika, and debuted as a pro after graduation. Prioritizing “lively and fun” magic, he is good at a wide field from tabletop magic to stage magic. In 2016, he won the six minute contest at the Fukuyama Magic Festival, and in 2015 was the victor in the two minute contest at the same festival. He has ranked high in many such events, such as taking 2nd place in the ICM Magic Contest (2016), and 2nd place in the Chiba Magic Festival(2015). He is certainly a vital and promising young talent!

MATSUDA Yuki

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YAMASAKI Sora

Magician

Born in 2001.
Bewitched by magic since he was 10, he studied it by himself.
Even after entering the workforce, his passion for magic never waned, and he decided to become a professional magician.
He is best known for his close-up magic, which he performs 30 centimeters in front of the audience. Although his career has only started, he has earned a high reputation for his delicate and skilled techniques.
Currently performing magic at various events and restaurants, Sora teaches workshops for a wide range of people and creates original magic accompanied by a story.
He is a young magician of the spotlight who is attracting more attention every day with his eye-catching looks and admirable skills.

やまさきそら

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SHUMPEI

Magician

SHUMPEI began his magic studies at the age of 15, and began his career as a professional magician at 24.
He performs throughout Japan, with his elegant, clean appearance and stylish techniques.
He specializes in all genres of magic, from spectacular, large-scale illusions, to subtle table magic done using his deft conversational skills, to mental tricks that manipulate words and phenomena to draw the audience into a world of fantasy.
His work covers a broad range of fields, including main shows on leading Japanese luxury cruises, media appearances, luxury shows hotels, and VIP events. His undeniable skill has earned him high praise across various industries.

SHUMPEI

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YUKI

Magician

He started performing magic when he was in junior high school and was shown magic by a senior student.
He is a multi-talented performer who specializes in a wide range of genres from table magic to illusions.
He is also a member of "Takahashi Brothers," the only twin magician unit in Japan, whose spectacular shows are a perfect match for the twins' unique chemistry.
He has appeared at corporate parties, bridal events, and famous Japanese TV programs, as well as being a regular performer at a Malaysian magic restaurant for three years.
His magic created by his reliable technique based on his abundant experience and gentle atmosphere is a must-see.

YUKI

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JUGGLING

SAKATA Shingo

Juggler

As a kid, Shingo first got interested in juggling when he saw some street performers on the corner. From the age of 10, he took up juggling all on his own. At 17, when he was still a high school student, he set a new record in Japan for juggling 7 balls for the longest time.

SAKATA Shingo

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Ren

Juggler

Ren started juggling all on his own when he was fourteen years old. In 2010, he made his debut as a professional. With his androgynous looks and pliant body, his use of special props, his performance is a must-see. Ren’s special talent is to insert jazz dance steps into his performance, giving a gorgeous performance. His captivating show enchants you with a bewitching atmosphere into a unique world; his scope of activity is widening beyond Japan to include countries all over the world.

Ren

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WATANABE Akira

Juggler

Akira graduated from the Faculty of Engineering at Kyoto University. Armed with his stylish technique and lively features, Akira has traveled all over Japan teaching Juggling performing, doing everything from stage performances to street performance.
From 2002 to 2004, he was also a regular performer in the "Hollywood Premium Parade" at Universal Studio Japan.
Among many awards and media performances, Akira has also performed in the Street Performance World Cup in Shizuoka, and won the first prize in Tenpozan World Performance Festival in 2006.

WATANABE Akira

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FUKAGAWA Akira

Juggler

Akira’s strength is in incorporating his acrobatic body expression with Diabolo technique. In addition to being a finalist at the International Juggling Association championship 2012 in the US, he has performed all over the world, from Taiwan to Turkey. He is a registered performer with the Cirque du Soleil. Further, he is the holder of the Japan Record for the High Toss with four Diabolos.

FUKAGAWA Akira

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Lisbon UEDA

Juggler

Lisbon has a singular history: although he started studying magic tricks as a gag for passing job interviews, he found he’d become the Japan juggling champion. With the acquisition of this title, he became a professional juggler, and among other activities, advanced to the finals in the International Juggling Association championships, is regular performer in the "Hollywood Premium Parade" at Universal Studio Japan, and is beguiling audiences in many venues.
In recent years, he was technique supervisor on the musical of Ocean’s 11 with the mega girl group Takarazuka, and on the international opera production of Pierrot, and is now expanding his activities into many arenas.
His use of two batons called “devil sticks” is one of his unique original techniques.

Lisbon UEDA

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MIYATA Naoto

Juggler

Naoto started Juggling after studying theatre in college.
In the Baton Juggling competition, “FantaStick” he has been awarded the Grand Prize, and also been awarded Runner’s Up Prize on a separate occasion. He was a finalist in the Japan Juggling Festival's All-Japan 2012 competition. As the representative of the “Juggling Unit Fratres,”, Naoto is the playwright and performance director of this group, which uses Juggling as stage art, creating a new genre of performance works.

MIYATA Naoto

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Mal

Juggler

Born in Saitama Prefecture in 2004.
Impressed by a street performance he saw when he was 8 years old, he started juggling on his own.
He began his career as a performer when he was the youngest ever to perform at the age of 12 in the juggling omnibus live show "Soraten Gekijo" held continuously at the Asakusa Toyokan.
During his high school years, he not only studied juggling techniques, but also gained experience in various dance genres such as ballet, jazz, and modern. The beautiful juggling that he has created by fusing the physical expression he has cultivated through these experiences has a unique appeal.
In 2023, he won third place in the 13th Japan High School Juggling Festival (JSJF), and he is one of the top young jugglers attracting attention in the juggling world.

Mal

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