Research Associates and Assistants


Research Associate



Graduating from ICU Japan, Yachita received her MA in arts management at Tokyo University of the Arts. She joined the Japan Foundation in 2009 and later served overseas as an Assistant Director and Head of Cultural Affairs Department in Malaysia from 2012 to 2016. While managing the office and overseeing grant programs, she had produced numerous performing arts programs. She has also taken part in organizing several conferences and panels with Malaysian counterparts; on Community-Engaged Art in South East Asia, Asian Butoh conference, and corporate support of the arts. Her focuses of academic interests are; international cultural exchange and cultural diplomacy, support system for the arts by the private and public sectors; arts management education in Asia, and community-engaged arts programs, especially in relation to South East Asia and Japan.


Research Assistant



Completed an MFA (History of modern and contemporary art and art criticism) at Tama Art University. He has worked as a director, curator and coordinator for many art exhibitions at museums, art spaces and galleries, as well as  international art exhibitions and art projects in Japan and overseas. He has written for the Japanese art magazine Bijutsu Techo and etc. He has also edited, “MAM Documents 002: Global Art and Diasporic Art in Japan and Asia” (Tokyo: Mori Art Museum, June 2016) and has worked as an assistant researcher (main researcher: Mami Kataoka, a chief curator of Mori Art Museum) for the Japan section of the historical archives exhibition at Library Park, Asia Culture Center, in Gwangju, Korea. He is currently undertaking studies in western art history and ideas at the Graduate School of Kyoto University.


Research Assistant

SAKAI Masayo


Completed her musical studies at Toho Gakuen School of Music (Piano major). She has devoted herself to chamber music, and has played in many different ensembles, ranging from duo and Lied accompaniment to piano quintet. Currently, she works closely with Michael Spencer (Violinist, Facilitator, Educator) acting as an assistant facilitator, interpreter and coordinator.  Through this work, she has expanded her career into community-engaged works and educational programming through music.


Research Assistant

SHOJI Wataru

庄子 渉

Born in Sendai, 1987. Shoji graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts with a BA in Musical Creativity of the Environment. He has worked on the art project “Art City for Living” and the community-planning project “MAD City”. He is now the Director and Coordinator of the artist-in-residence program, PARADISE AIR.


Research Assistant


山崎 朋