Yako Miyamoto’s COBU performed at Japan Parade 2023 in New York City to thunderous applause and cheering. You can watch the full performance above.
Closeup Video of COBU NY Performance
– Watch a close-up video of the performance at Japan Parade 2023 below:
COBU Japan Parade 2023 Introduction
– You can also watch the group’s full Japan Parade introduction by Emcee Sandra Endo spotlighting founder Yako Miyamoto below:
About Yako Miyamoto
“Yako Miyamoto is the founder and director of COBU. Yako is the first Japanese cast member in the Off-Broadway hit STOMP.
She has been a Japanese Taiko drummer since she was 8 years old, and at the age of 10 she was chosen to be an International Goodwill Ambassador between Japan & New Zealand.
She majored in Chemistry at Keio University in Japan, during which time she performed as a hip-hop dancer, a musical actress, a percussionist, and gained a black belt in Shoalin Martial Arts.
Yako came to New York and established COBU and has performed here since 1999.”
“COBU, based in New York City, was created as a Live Rhythm Performing Arts Group in 2000.
“Dance Like Drumming, Drum Like Dancing”
COBU combines elements of the Japanese traditional Taiko drumming with rhythmic Tap dancing.
COBU’s motto is inspired by the combined sounds of New York and traditional Japanese culture. Their signature sound is created organically through acoustic instruments, rather than digital transcription.
This juxtaposition of traditional modernity makes them one of the most unique and original mind-blowing groups of our time.
In 2001, the group received a “Choreography Award” by organization, ‘Mann & Entertainment’.
Yako Miyamoto, the founder of COBU is a current member of the off broadway-hit STOMP.”
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