Founder

Akira Yonezawa
Head of the Creative Dance Company Takarabune Akira Yonezawa was born in Tokushima city, Tokushima Prefecture in 1949. He grew up surrounded by authentic Awa Odori. His great-grandfather Jusaburo Ichikawa was a leading figure in Kansai Kabuki and played an important role in development and promotion of Awa Odori: Ichikawa trained Hayashi Koroo, who coined the name "Awa Odori", and also promoted Awa Odori among the Japanese geisha world. Guided by his great-grandfather's path, he has been studying the history of Awa Odori to attain deep understanding of this important cultural heritage. In 1995, he founded the Creative Dance Company Takarabune.