Get photographed in a traditional Japanese kimono with Kabuki make-up

Discover the beauty and drama of Kabuki make-up and take a trip to
a new world in a traditional Japanese kimono.


*Kabuki style make-up

*Kimono dressing

*Photography by a professional photographer

“Sakura Days Japan Fair” VanDusen Botanical Garden on Saturday,

April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd.

*Photographer : Yukiko Onley

Japanese fine portrait photographer based in Vnacouver

*Fee: $250.00/person or $450.00/couple

April 2nd (Sat)  2:00pm / 3:00pm

April 3rd (Sun) 12noon / 1::30pm

(The required time is approximately 1.5 hours.)

*Reservation only  48hours Notice

Tel : 604-739-7760

*Inquiries/Reservation – Contact us at

Japanese お面 Mask Workshop

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Jan 8 to March 5, 2011
Learn how to make a Noh theatre style mask using paper mache! Seats are limited. Resister NOW!!
Workshops will take place near Granville Island
on alternate Saturdays starting Jan 8 for 5
sessions with the final session March 5.
Time 10am – 3pm.
Fee $250.( including cost of materials)
Please contact Yayoi to resister
For further information, go to
Instructor Yayoi Hirano
Yayoi Hirano has been carving traditional Japanese Noh theatre masks since 1995. Her extensive collection of masks are used in her numerous stage performances. Her technique and knowledge were instrumental in creating one of the masks for the 2009 Stanley Park Ghost Train Show.



Japenese 舞無 Mime Workshop

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Jan 6 to March 15, 2011
Learn the artistic skill of 舞無-mime and dance from the traditions of Noh and Kabuki Theatre
Classes will take place Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 -8:30 pm near Granville Island, starting Jan 6 until March 15
Fee- $350.00 (or 2 installment of $190.00)
Contact Yayoi at 604-739-7760 or email
Instructor Yayoi Hirano
Yayoi Hirano is a graduate of Toho Gakuen College of drama. For over 30 years, she has continued her study of traditional Japanese Movement. Her work has been presented in Europe, Asia and North America. Her recent works are the co-produced the original work Identity and was a movement coach for Vancouver Opera’s Madama Butterfly.


Dance – 2007 –

Shinju: Monzaemon Chikamatsu’s classic love story adapted by Yayoi Hirano and Manami Hara.

Yayoi Theatre Movement production, Performance Works, Granville Island, Oct. 30-Nov. 2, Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m., also Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Tickets from $20. Info: 604-739-7760

Call it a Japanese Romeo and Juliet, but with a happier ending – sort of.

Shinju is the story of Ohatsu and Toku, a young courtesan and a merchant class fellow who fall for one another, despite the impossible gulf of class that divides them.

The story is based on the 18th Century tale by Monzaemon Chikamatsu, adapted by Yayoi Hirano as a dance and movement piece that draws on traditional Kabuki.

After a series of dramatic obstacles bar them from marrying, Toku and Ohatsu decide to commit suicide, planning to be reborn together in another life.

“The main difference is that when Romeo and Juliet die, it’s a tragedy,” explains Manami Hara, producer and actress in the production. “Their love couldn’t be understood, but in Shinju, they do kill themselves, although hoping to be together in the next life… their love will be reborn and pure.”

Expect elaborate costumes, intricate, expressive mime and movement, with music by Wendy Bross Stuart on koto and shamisen (a 13 string instrument and a three string guitar) and Minoru Kofu Yamamoto on the shakuhachi (a bamboo flute). Sara Davis Buechner plays Piano.