My mom was a hard critic when it came to my dancing especially the performances.
She gave up on her dream to be a professional dancer and there wasn’t much chance anyway back then in Japan of having a real job as a dancer. I think my mom could have easily become a professional dancer as she’s got a mad wild dancing heart and an artistic sensibility and passion. But I think she wanted to be a classic good girl in a small town so she chose not to go crazy.
She got married an
Here you are seeing the people who I loved the most in early 90s. My Mom, Dad, Brother, 2 Grandmas, Grandpa (Grandpa George was working & not in this pic) Ballet Teacher and friends. They came to see me off at the Nagano train station before I left to study at the Hamburg Ballet school in Germany.
Now people talk about going to Mars ☄️but I felt like I was going to the moon or something at that time. Also, today young people going to study abroad is not rare. But back then,
In this picture, I must be around 5. And I am with my mom, auntie and grandma❤️ I feel very privileged to have had the experience to see so many performances and I saw many of the best as a little girl.
This was a time with no internet or YouTube, so going to the theater was a big deal and seeing live dance was such a special event. I remember that we all would dress up nicely and take a 3 hour train ride to Tokyo from my hometown, Nagano, then eat something light before et