True Colors DANCE
True Colors CARAVAN in Beppu
True Colors CARAVAN in Beppu
The final stop on our Japan-wide caravan is Beppu City, Oita Prefecture!
Special guest is Yusuke Anazawa, a blind violinist!
Taichi Mukai and Hirotada Ototake will be SOCIAL LOCKS! Open Classroom special guest!
Vice-principal Pee (Pee) and Toyama Committee Member the MCs from Tokyo FM’s popular radio show SCHOOL OF LOCK!, will host a discussion, “A New Society Where All Live as One While Maintaining Our Differences”. Be sure to catch it!
True Colors CARAVAN in Beppu
October 23, 2022
[Guests] Hirotada Ototake/ Yasuhiro Nagano (Mayor of Beppu)/ Takeju Ogata (The Nippon Foundation President)/ Yusuke Anazawa/ Vice-principal Pee (Pee)/ Toyama Committee Member（Daisuke Toyama）/ Taichi Mukai/ Let's Dance de Guts genki no kai/ Mysterious Crape Soldier (Listner/ Student)/ [MC] Yukiko Aragane (FM OITA)
- Free admission and participation
[Designated Viewing Area ]
Please be kind and yield to those who need appreciation support in this place!
Seats are limited. Please understand this in advance.
Attending with wheelchair
Japanese Sign Language translation
Request for aisle seat
Attending with assistance dog
[Other viewing support]
Free audio guide from your smart phone
Performance Stage / 12:00〜
Guest Performance Stage / 14:00〜
Artists, each with distinctive talents, will stage an engaging performance featuring various genres of dance and music, and discussions. Additionally, there will be collaborations between local performers from each city, making each show special and unique. Be sure to catch CARAVAN in your city!
True Colors Festival Ambassador
Hirotada Ototake was born with a congenital limb disorder which left him wheelchair-bound from childhood. In college, Ototake penned the book “Gotai Fumanzoku” (“No One’s Perfect”), which has been translated into several languages such as English, Mandarin and Korean with over six million copies sold worldwide. Upon graduating from college, Ototake worked as a sports writer and an elementary school teacher. Today, he is the host of several TV news programs and is one of Japan’s leading voices on the issue of diversity.
Violinist, viola player, arranger, and radio personality.
He has appeared on NHK for a total of 13 days in programs related to the Beijing Olympics and Paralympics and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics. He is also a monthly radio personality on NHK Radio. Born with heart and eye disabilities, he is currently totally blind. He has released 19 CDs so far. In 2014, published his first book, and in 2018, he performed at the True Colours Festival, an Asia-Pacific disability arts festival held in Singapore. He has received numerous awards, including the Grand Prix at the 7th Gold Concert.
Official fan club site
A special troupe will accompany True Colors CARAVAN – the CARAVAN performers. Led by DAIKI, Japan’s first Krump dancer with dwarfism, the troupe features Kenta Kambara, a wheelchair dancer and aerial performer who performed at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games; Kanoken, a street dancer with a hearing impairment; Eri, a ballet dancer; Yusei Tekoe, a freestyle dancer; HARUKI, a human beatboxer living with mosaic Down syndrome; and Keita Tokunaga, wheelchair DJ and fashion journalist. Expect different performances in each city as the troupe’s acts grow and evolve with local guest performers.
Let's Dance de Guts genki no kai
We love dancing with our friends and leaders. There is also a leader's work at the event. Members are working hard to make the event a success. We have disabilities, but we are confident in our ability to dance energetically. We would like many people to see this energy, so please come to the venue, everyone.
SCHOOL OF LOCK!
Open Classroom: SOCIAL LOCKS! / 12:30〜
At True Colors CARAVAN, our popular radio show, SOCIAL LOCKS! will host an open classroom with the theme “A New Society Where All Live as One While Maintaining Our Differences”. These “differences” often go unnoticed until we start listening more to each other. For example, the person beside us might be battling a challenge that we are unaware about. When we start listening to such individual voices, we can then begin to imagine how a new society would be like – a new community where we live as one, while respecting our differences.。
Vice-Principal Pee (Pee)
Pee has been on SCHOOL OF LOCK! as “Vice-principal Pee” since October 2021.
With her signature purple “mushroom” bowl cut, Pee is famous for donning loud outfits, usually in pink or purple. She played volleyball from elementary school and was selected to represent the Yamagata regional team during her middle school years. It was in the car rides after those volleyball practices that Pee started listening to SCHOOL OF LOCK!. In 2015, after graduating from university with a major in Physical Education, Pee relocated to Tokyo and found work at apparel store, W♡C, located in Harajuku’s famous Takeshita Street. There, Pee became a charismatic figure among teenagers and was often referred to as the “mother of Harajuku.” After becoming an artiste, Pee worked actively on various television programs including “#Jyudai”, a program covering the challenges teenagers face, where she served as the main MC. In 2016, Pee came out as being gay.
Toyama Committee Member（Daisuke Toyama）
Toyama served as principal of SCHOOL OF LOCK! for 10 years from April 2010 to March 2020.
He became a member of the Board of Education in April 2021 for SCHOOL OF LOCK!
He is practically the "youngest" member of the committee, so he spends his days busy with complaints, consultations, and chores from various sources.
Born in 1992, Mukai is a singer-songwriter from Fukuoka, Japan. Based on his own roots in black music, he has gained high support from various media and listeners for his genre-bending songs.
Official Web Site
[MC] Yukiko Aragane (FM OITA)
Aragane is a personality at FM Oita Co. She is from Beppu City, Oita Prefecture. She is proud of the fact that she can wake up once and see the dream continue again. Her current regular programs are "Clover Radio Terrace "* on Thursdays and "Nichijyo-gaku Radio Ojisan's Grown Up Thursdays Presented by Oita Godo Shimbun".
The history of True Colors Festival will be showcased via a panel exhibit accompanied with links to interactive videos for your exploration.
Beppu City Hall courtyard "Shimin Hiroba"
1-15 Uenokuchi-cho, Beppu City, Oita
Access to Beppu City Hall
About 15 minutes walk from JR Beppu Station.
JR Beppu Station West Exit (approx. 5 min. ride) ⇒ Get off at "Shiyakusho-mae" bus stop
JR Beppu Station West Exit (approx. 5 min. ride) ⇒ "Uenoguchi City Hall North Exit" stop ⇒ approx. 3 min. walk
JR Beppu Station West Exit (approx. 5 min. ride) ⇒ "Beppu City Hall Shimo" stop ⇒ approx. 5 min. walk
JR Beppu Station East Exit (approx. 10 min. ride) ⇒ Get off at "Beppu City Hall Shimo" bus stop ⇒ Approx. 5 min. walk
Support in Beppu
|Special Suppor||Oita Art and Culture Support Center for disabilities, Beppu City Ryokan Hotel Association, BEPPU PROJECT and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University|
|Nominal Support||Oita Prefectural Government and City of Beppu|