Tamami Gojo V
The 3rd iemoto (headmaster) of Gojo-ryu, a school of Nihon-buyo.* Previously known as Masanosuke Gojo, he inherited the title of iemoto in January 2008.
Tamami studied Western music theory at Kunitachi Music College, and researched hogaku (Japanese classical music) at the graduate school of Musashino Academia Musicae, both in Tokyo. While at school, he studied Nihon-buyo (Japanese classical dance) under Eisho Gojo, the 2nd iemoto of Gojo-ryu, and nagauta-style shamisen (a stringed instrument used to accompany Kabuki and Nihon-buyo) under Katsuyoshiju Kineya, and gained a professional dance name from the Gojo-ryu, as well as the professional nagauta name of Katsujuo Kineya. He also studied at the Kabuki-juku, which was headed by the late Tetsuji Takechi, who is known for his "Takechi Kabuki" movement, to nurture new Kabuki actors, as well as at the Buyo-juku headed by Jusuke Hanayagi, the 4th iemoto of the Hanayagi-ryu.
Tamami is actively performing for the Japan Dance Association, "Tamami-kai," a group of the Gojo-ryu, etc., as well as for his own groups.
He has also shown talent in creating and performing new pieces, such as "Nijinsky Eulogy," "Legend of a Sprit," "A House of Hazy Moon," "Tamami-zakura," "Drifting Fires," "A Prayer for the Burned Soil," etc.
On the international scene, he has conducted workshops and performed in many cities of the world, including London, Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Rome, etc. He has also appeared in international theatre productions, such as "Sandakan Threnody" (Melbourne International Arts Festival and others, 2004) and "Geisha" (Lincoln Center Festival and others, 2006), both directed by the Singaporean director, Ong Keng Sen, and received high acclaim for his dramatic and skillful performances.
*Nihon-buyo is a traditional style of classical Japanese dance. It has several schools, and the Gojo-ryu was founded by Tamami Gojo I in 1940.