A year of COVID-19 pandemic  with difficulties, sufferings, and anxiety under various restrictions.
Through this challenging world, we believe you all had a moment to think about co-living with an expression once again.
What is “living” as an artist?
What is “being yourself”?  
What is the “only” you can do?
This project was launched from our will to think about the art for us particularly due to this current situation.We are welcoming Asuka Noda, who is engaged in performance and composition activities as a pianist despite facing Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The hour will be full of contents including a talk between Mr. Noda and a student of Tokyo University of the Arts, and a special live performance of her original song “Kokoro no Iro” (Color of the Heart) in an ensemble with Tokyo University of the Arts.Join us for the stage with a lively mixture of each individual’s “colour”.Ms Noda has progressed “onward” with the piano while overcoming many hardships.
Through this on-line stream, we hope that everyone’s hopes for living in the “onward” world will get switched “ON-“ !

Date & Time
Saturday, September 4, 2021
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Guest Introduction
Asuka Noda /pianist
■■Asuka Noda Youtube Channel: ■Asuka Noda’s official website:
Born in 1982, she started taking music lessons at age 4 and soon aspired to become a pianist. From childhood, Asuka had difficulty in connecting and communicating with people and often showed peculiarity in her behavior. However, her diagnosis did not come until later because the knowledge of ASD was not widespread during this time. Asuka was not able to figure out why she could not do things that seemed normal to others until she was diagnosed as a young adult. She lived each day as if she were groping in darkness for the key that unlocked the answers to her questions about her differences. In her adolescence Asuka became a target of constant bullying. Confused and unable to accept herself, Asuka started self-injurious behavior and was forced to transfer after her first year in high school.
She was accepted into the National University of Miyazaki which had been her girlhood dream. However, she frequently fainted from hyperventilation induced by stress caused from difficulty in human relations. She was diagnosed with Dissociative Disorder and repeatedly hospitalized with the hope that she will be cured but she again had no choice but to drop out of her university.
Family members and the people who surrounded Asuka were troubled and Asuka herself was constantly plagued by the question, “Why am I not able to get along with others?” Thereafter, she chose to continue her studies as a long-term non-degree student in the Music Department at Miyazaki Gakuen Junior College. Here, she met Professor Sachiko Tanaka who became her mentor and taught her to express the words that lay in her soul through the music she played on her piano.
During a few days of study abroad in Vienna, Asuka again lost consciousness and for the first time at age 22, she was finally diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder,
a non-curable congenital disorder of the brain.After returning home from abroad, she experienced dissociation and in a panic attack she jumped out of the window on the second floor of her home. The bones of her right leg were crushed in a communitive fracture and Asuka became wheelchair bound. The after effect of the accident prohibits her use of her right foot to step on the pedals of the piano. Today, she has devised a method of using her left foot to control all the pedals of the piano and continues to perform. Asuka has overcome many hardships and the long engagement with her own disabilities has made the sound of her piano tender. The sound of Asuka’s piano has come to move the hearts of many listeners.
Asuka made her debut in 2016 and in 2018, she did her first nationwide tour. Her performances and activities have been taken up by multiple TV programs. In 2018, Asuka made a major debut from Victor Entertainment Corp. with her original song, “On the Other Side of Sorrow.” Asuka’s performances have been enormously well received with the venues full and the tickets quickly being sold out. She is a pianist whose activities are drawing attention from a wide audience.
Asuka resides in Miyazaki Prefecture with her parents.

Introduction of students
in dialogue
Fusako Asai
/Department of Painting, Oil Painting Course,
3rd year

Born in Kanagawa, Japan in 1998, she will be enrolled in the Oil Painting Course of the Department of Painting at Tokyo University of the Arts from 2019.
Although she loves nature, she has a dilemma that she cannot stay in the forest for a long time because of her dislike for insects and moss, and this is the driving force behind her work. She values the feel and form of materials, and creates semi-dimensional canvas works.

Erika Shimizu
/Voice Department, Soprano major, 3rd year

Born in Tochigi prefecture in 1999, she started playing piano at the age of 4 and vocal music at the age of 15.
After graduating from the Music Department of the High School Attached to Utsunomiya Junior College and the Music Department of Utsunomiya Junior College, she is currently a third-year student at the Faculty of Music, Tokyo University of the Arts.
She won the first prize at the First Japan Junior Vocal Music Competition.
She has studied voice under Ryoko Kamada, Hiroko Onuki, and Chieko Teratani. Currently, she is studying under Ms. Eizuko Kan.

Kanaki Tanabe
/Department of Instrumental Music, oboe major, 1st year

Born in 2002. Born in Chiba, Japan, she started playing the oboe at the age of 13. After attending the Music High School attached to the Tokyo University of the Arts, she is currently a first-year student at the Tokyo University of the Arts School of Music. She has studied oboe with Keiko Kanemitsu, Haruka Gomi, Yoshiaki Obata, Mizuho Yoshii, and Akiko Futsuda, and has taken master classes with Diethelm Jonas, Hansjörg Schellenberger, and Gabor Dienes.

Yuka Makino
/3rd year, Department of Music and Science

She started playing piano at the age of four, and since then, played flute, tuba, tin whistle and other instruments. She is a member of the Celtic Music Research Club of Tokyo University of the Arts. She is currently a third-year student in the Department of Musicology at Tokyo University of the Arts. She is a student of the “Research on Disability and the Arts” course offered by the Center for Performing Arts.
Through this class, she hopes to reaffirm her awareness that the world as seen by people with disabilities is different from her own, and to learn about the essence of art as seen from the perspective of people with disabilities, as well as to understand the difficulties they face.

Kaede Kimura
/Music Environment Creation Course, 2nd year
Born and raised in Aomori, moved to Sendai when she was 16, started ballet and piano at age 4, violin at age 13.
She has been interested in communication through art since her childhood experience at church, and is currently studying communication and children’s ability to imagine, communicate, and receive at the Department of Music Environment and Creation, Tokyo University of the Arts. She is also interested in art and physical expression.
Miu Ogawa
/1st year master’s student in the Graduate School of Music, Voice

Graduated from the Department of Vocal Music at Tokyo University of the Arts. At the time of graduation, she received various awards including the Toshi Matsuda Award and the Acanthus Music Award. She is currently enrolled in the Master’s Program of the Graduate School of Music at Tokyo University of the Arts as a special scholarship student of Tokuji Munetsugu. She is active in performing not only classical music but also various genres of music.

Rika Kogure
/Violin major, 2nd year

Started playing the violin at the age of three.
Won first prize at the 35th Tochigi Prefecture Student Music Competition. 5th prize at the 23rd Japan Classical Music Competition. Participated in Music Seminar in Yubari from 2015 to 2019.
She has studied with Rie Kameoka, Noriko Kakinuma, and Tomoko Yoshimura, and is currently studying with Nami Tamai and Tomoko Kawada. Currently a second-year student at Tokyo University of the Arts.

Haruna Ohta
/2nd year violin student, Department of Instrumental Music

Began playing the violin at the age of four. She won the Kanagawa Shimbun Award at the 28th Kanagawa Music Competition, the Grand Prize at the 29th Elementary School Upper Grade Division, and the Kanagawa Toyota Award. She won the first prize at the 7th Yokohama International Music Competition. Fifth prize at the 23rd Japan Classical Music Competition. He won the first prize at the 7th Yokohama International Music Competition, the fifth prize at the 23rd Japan Classic Music Competition, and the first prize at the 8th Design K Music Competition for high school students. She studied under Futao Tokunaga, Asako Urushibara, and Seiji Kageyama. After studying at the Tokyo Metropolitan High School of Arts, she is currently a second-year student at the Tokyo University of the Arts.

Himari Yui
/Department of Instrumental Music, viola major, 2nd year

Born in 2001.
Started playing the violin at the age of six.
She won the 5th grade division of the 26th All Japan Junior Classical Music Competition for elementary school students, the 5th prize and Marintec Prize in the 6th International Junior Music Competition, Chiba Port Rotary Club Prize, the 1st prize in the junior high school division of the 7th Gifu International Music Festival Competition, and others. In the fall of her second year at Kyoto City Kyoto Horikawa Music High School, she switched to viola. Studied violin under Hideko Hosodora, Masako Hama, Yoshiko Kitahara, and Shinko Nakajima, and viola under Koichi Komine, Ayako Goto, Kazunori Kawasaki, and Kaoru Ohno.

Soichiro Matsutani
/Instrumental Music Department, Cello major, 2nd year

Began playing the cello at the age of three at the Suzuki Method.
First prize in the cello division of the 73rd “All Japan Student Music Competition” in Nagoya, and third prize in the national competition. The 2nd and 5th “Kariya International Music Competition” Encouragement Prize in the string section. The 71st “Fukui Prefecture Music Competition” Governor’s Prize. The 5th and 6th “Sakai Kuzuryu Music Competition” Sakai Mayor Prize. Studied under Sawako Ikeda, Chiyoe Matsukuma, Masaharu Karita, and Kenji Nakaki. After graduating from Ono High School in Fukui Prefecture, she is currently a second-year student in the Department of Instrumental Music at Tokyo University of the Arts.

Takahiro Takayama
/2nd year double bass major, Department of Instrumental Music

Takehiro Takayama
Born in Chofu City in 2001, Takayama started playing violin at the age of 4. At the age of 12, he joined a brass band and started playing double bass.
Studied double bass under Shu Yoshida, Hiroshi Ikematsu, Shinji Nishiyama, Kenji Takayama, and Yoshio Nagashima.

Coming soon……
September 5, 2021(Sun) 13:00-15:30 Open

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