So who am I? Well, I’m a Japanese American bilingual actress and if you’re a fan of indie films, you may know me as the Japanese speaking waitress in East Side Sushi (winner of 12 Film Festival awards), or if you’re a Sacramento local, you may know me from the many Elk Grove Automall commercials on tv and radio, or from the short documentary, A Neighborhood Lost: Sacramento’s Japantown.
My first name in Japanese is the kanji character, 更, which loosely translates to mean new and more. And how perfect it is! I love learning new things and that’s one of the reasons why I love acting. With each role I’m learning something new and even when I do play the same role, like Prince Escalus in Romeo and Juliet (twice!), there’s always more to learn and new things to discover in the character when revisited.
Besides acting, I love playing the shamisen. My shamisen was a wedding gift to my mother when she left Japan to be with my father in the U.S, but she never learned to play since there were no teachers where we lived. Then about three years ago while I was training in Noh and Kyogen theater at Theatre of Yugen in San Francisco, I was asked to learn the shamisen for a new play they were going to perform. I fell in love with it and I have been playing ever since. I even performed a short musical piece with my mom and my teacher at my wedding!
In addition to music, I also enjoy boxing, swimming, and culinary adventures.
But enough about me, I’d love to get to know you! Let’s connect and collaborate!