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Sunday, April 3, 2011


Hi, I am Junko who performs Okinawan folk dance and music in New York city.

I have started my blog called YUIMA-RU. YUIMA-RU means 'social circle' in the dialect of Okinawa.

If you are interested in the folk arts of Ryukyu, please join my YUIMA-RU circle network.

Today, I would love to introduce the information about my Carnegie Hall debut dance performance, which will be held on April 21, 2011. I will introduce my choreographed piece for the first time for the song called Zen. My dance piece is a part of an ensemble piece called Hana, a Chamber Opera in One Act. The cast members are: Hai-Tang Chinna, Ghost of Madam Butterfly; Matthew Pena, Ken, Chio Chio San & Pinkerton's son; Riyo Saito, A Monk; Akiko Chiba, Piano; Asi Matathias, Violin. Please visit for details and ticket information (or contact me at You can also check the entertaiment section of ChopsticksNY,

Also, I will be singing the famous folk song "Tsundara Bushi" and accompanying myself on the Sanshin at the Asian American Arts Alliance gathering on Tuesday, May 4th.  The event will be held as a fund-raising for the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. If you would like to learn more about the Asian American Arts Alliance, please visit





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