Yukiko's story

 

Yukiko... Performing Artist and Healer


Born to perform, Yukiko's natural dancing and singing began in Japan when she was five years old. With the hope to heal her sickened grandmother, Yukiko secretly opened her mother's cosmetic drawer, put on her lipstick and her kimono, (of course, the kimono was very long) and danced and sang for her grandmother in bed. At the age of eight, she told her mother that she was going to America someday.


As young adult she grew up falling in love with American music and the dance forms from the West. She studied ballet, modern, jazz, tap dance and choreography. After teaching in college and communities as a Jazz dance instructor for several years, she left Japan with her final fund raising performance of her own dance company. In support of UNICEF, Yukiko choreographed 13 dance pieces. She moved to New York in 1986.


In New York, Yukiko first devoted herself in training as a singer and dancer. As a dancer, she studied Baller with Peff Modelski and Liane Plane, Jazz dance with Luigi and Patricia Lockery, Tap dance with Germaine Salsberg and Lesley Lockery. As a singer, Yukiko studied with Dee Martin for song interpretation, Anne Marie Moss for song styling and Jazz, and Mary Ellen Callahan for breath technique. 


Throughout her life in New York, Yukiko has expressed her creativity through cabaret and film, and as visiting singer to people's homes, writing, facilitating workshops on realizing dreams, and photography and makeup artistry. Her repertoire as a vocalist includes over 100 songs of American old time favorites from Standards, songs from the '60s '70s, Inspirational songs, Christmas Carols, Broadway show tunes and Japanese songs. Yukiko's one woman sold-out cabaret show at Don't Tell Mama was reviewed in the popular Japanese press and she was described as the first Japanese cabaret performer whose talent for creative programming, energetic performance and gifted communication reach both American and Japanese audiences. 


Yukiko co-hosted renowned Zinc Bar's Thursday Open Mic where she gained popularity as vocalist and host. Many followers eagerly await her very own Open Mic and for that purpose, Yukiko always seeks a venue available in Manhattan. She places her value in Open Mic where people from all walks of life come together in music. Yukiko is the creator of the website, OpenMicJam (under reconstruction) where singers and musicians from other states and countries can easily find the places to perform and network in New York.


Yukiko was a daughter of a master Reiki practitioner in a traditional Japanese family, and studied interfaith ministry with Rabbi Joseph Gelberman. She was ordained as a modern interfaith minister in 2007. While pursuing her career as performing artist, Yukiko provides her healing services from home. In December 2016 Yukiko launched her YouTube channel dedicated to Japan. She sings for the people in Japan from her living room. She is currently working on a new service work for singers in New York. There, she aims to raise awareness of the higher meaning of singing and to help improve the presentation of their business, realizing the sense of spiritual aspect of what they do.


Yukiko's new work under Hope For Japan includes her previous teachings under Your True Self. As of January 2017 her messages reach 600 members across the globe. While preserving the memories of 2011 calamity, Yukiko strives to promote creativity and healing through her messages of love, hopes, and inspiration. Her ultimate goal is to cross the bridge from America to Japan with like-minded New York performers, and sharing the courage and inspiration of becoming a True Self with the people in her home country in the grand form of music and dance performing arts. By bringing love in the form of powerful creative expression Yukiko aims to foster healing in her home country Japan.