GIUSEPPE BATTISTON (Tokyo)
Originally from Udine, in the northern region of Friuli, Battiston is one of the most versatile, talented and beloved actor of today Italian movie scene. He appears in more than 50 movies, 3 times awarded with David di Donatello, 10 times nominee and 3 times awarded with Nastro d'Argento. Best known for Perfect Strangers (2016), Bread and Tulips (2000) and Come Undone (2010), at Italia, amore mio Battiston will present his latest movie "The Last Prosecco" (Finchè c'è prosecco, c'è speranza"), a brilliant commedy by Director Antonio Padovan, set in the beautiful land of Prosecco.
FRANCESCO BELLISSIMO (Tokyo)
Originally from Rome, Bellissimo is a businessman, professional entertainer, olive oil sommelier and Italian culinary expert. He is the President of the Italian Cooking Association in Japan. He moved to Japan in 2001. His cooking class which started with only a few students has now become very popular and his career as entertainer is flourishing. Acting as a bridge between Italy and Japan, he regularly appears on TV shows (“Tetsuko no Heya” and “Gyoretsu no dekiru houritsu soudansho”) and cooking performances, hosts talk shows and lectures and is often featured in magazines.
Emma is a versatile and eclectic artist and one of the best-loved singers in the Italian music scene: 13 platinum discs in 5 years, more than 3 million likes on Facebook, over 2,600,000 followers on Instagram, more than 2,400,000 followers on Twitter, over 240 million views on her official Youtube channel and named the most streamed Italian female artist by Spotify (2015).
Watch her latest video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiwsywtFOiQ
ENZO FAVATA ACOUSTIC QUARTET (Osaka)
ENZO FAVATA (Soprano Sax & Bass Clarinet). An unmistakable voice, blend with live electronics and ethnic wind instruments. Among his collaborations: Enrico Rava, Muylatu Astatke, Lester Bowie, Omar Sosa…).
SALVATORE MAIORE (Double Bass). Among the most appreciated European musicians, he had over 50 record releases and performed at major international jazz festivals around the world with names as P. Fresu, B. Cobham, L. Butch Morris, J. Jarman, S. Grossman, C.Walton, O. Lake, R. Alessi, C. Speed, Noa, Al Di Meola, G. Goldstein…).
MARCELLO PEGHIN (10-string and electric guitar) Considered among the best 10 Italian jazz guitarists (2017 JazzIt Awards), in his ultra-thirty year career he has played worldwide and collaborated with musicians like Dino Saluzzi, Enrico Rava, Tony Scott, Lester Bowie, Sainkho Namtchylak.
UT GANDHI (Drums & Percussions). In the jazz business since 1978, for 8 years he has been a member of Enrico Rava’s quintet “Electric Five” touring globally.
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Dance and rap duo RiRi and Lula, aka Mannequins have Emotions. “Fxxk Boyz Get Money” (2014) became a big hit among teens in the US and Europe receiving highly acclaim by fashionistas and influencers around the world. Their digital album “Femm-Isation” was released on an indie label and hit #10 on the Billboard world hit chart.
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CARLO FIERENS (Nagoya)
Guitarist Fierens began his career at an early age collecting important prizes. He was awarded with the title of “Honorary Associate of The National Academy of Music” and in 2013 he won the “Italian National Prize for the Arts”. He has participated in many guitar festivals in Europe and Argentina and has been praised by critics and featured on TV and Radio. He is currently pursuing his doctorate with Ernesto Bitetti at the Jacobs School of Music (Indiana University), where he also serves as Associate Instructor
HA+ (HOKURIKU ARCHITECTURE PLUS) (Tokyo)
Established in 2017 by a group of architects active in the three prefectures of the Hokuriku region: Ishikawa, Toyama and Fukui. Their motto is “a better development of Hokuriku Architecture”. Ten members of Ha+ (Hidenari Arai, Kazuyoshi Inade, Morimasa Iwamoto, Masaki Kitamura, Seiichi Kozu, Shin’ichi Takeuchi, Yuji Nakae, Shota Nakanishi, Toshihiro Yoshimura and Yoshifumi Wada) will get together for “Italia, Amore Mio!”
EZIO GHIBAUDO (Nagoya)
Ghibaudo studied at Urbino Italian Accademy of Accordion and won several national and international competitions. He was chosen as Italy representative at the 65th IMC-UNESCO Accordion World Coupe in Spoleto and at the 63rd Accordion World Trophy in Samara, Russia. He recorded for Italian national TV RAI and for the Italian New York ICN Radio. He has performed all over Europe, the United States and Japan.
HIDENOBU JINNAI (Tokyo)
He studied architecture in Italy at IUAV, University of Venice, with a scolarship from the Italian Government. He specialized in the history of Italian architecture and urban history. Among his titles: President of the "Collegium Mediterranistarum", President of the Society of Urban History, Director of the Akashi Time Dome and Member of the Jury for the Award "Urban Landscape Grand Prize" by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructures, Transport and Tourism.
ANITA ORSARA (Tokyo)
LA PINA (Tokyo)
Radio conductor. Her program Pinocchio airs everyday on Italy's top station Radio Deejay. She started as a rap artist but it was radio that stole her heart. Since she was 12 she visits Japan at least once a year. Last year she published "I love Tokyo" that collects her stories and her suggestions on Japan's capital and it became a best seller in Italy. At Italia, Amore Mio she will launch the Japanese version of the book.
EMILIANO PEPE (Tokyo)
Born in Naples. He is a musician, a singer and a music producer. Like La Pina, whom he is married to, he has a passion for Japan that he visits as often as he can. He composed the soundtrack of "I Love Tokyo". Watch the video HERE
ROBERTO ROSSI (Tokyo)
From Castel del Piano, near Grosseto, Michelin-starred Roberto Rossi has a clear vision: a total respect for the quality of the ingredients that he knows thoroughly. This allows him to adopt the best cooking techniques and give priority to the peculiarities of the territory with which he has an intimate and privileged relationship. Producer of a award-winning olive oil, since 2000 he is owner chef of Il Silene, a magical restaurant in Southern Tuscany.
ANTONELLA RUGGIERO (Osaka)
Antonella Ruggero is the founder of the famous Italian group Matia Bazar. As solist, she is known as one of the most technically perfect and unique voice within the Italian music scene. With 11 albums released, she collected several participations at the Sanremo Festival and she performed in many countries around the world. Antonella Ruggero is an eclectic and versatile artist, and throughout her career as singer, her style covered different styles from pop to holy music, from electronic to compositions filled with Indian and lyric nuances.
DJ SARASA (Tokyo)
Internationally-acclaimed DJ from Tokyo known for her skillful ability to crossover Funk, Disco, Soul, Breakbeats and House music. Grammy-winning artist Questlove of The Roots after seeing her perform tweeted “DJ SARASA is an ill DJ…”. She has been performing for the last decade all over the world. Her latest tour with Hip Hop legends The Beatnuts (Japan Tour) and Talib Kweli (EU Tour) was a tremendous success.
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Some of his singles are becoming iconic refrains in the everyday life of Italians like for example "bene ma non benissimo". His single "Irraggiungibile" (in duet with Federica Carta) certified Double Platinum and has over 50 million views on yutube.
Born in 1997, she moved with her mother to Hawaii at 7. She spent her childhood in Hawaii until the high school. In 2009 she moved to USA and she entered the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, theater department.After her debut, her beauty and her pretty voice caught soon the attention. She collaborated with big artists such as “il Divo” in their album “Wicked Game”.In 2012 she performed with Satome Taichi, in“GOEMON!”, and then she took part in the “Tick, tick…BOOM!”’s musical, amazing the show business.In 2014 she performed her first live at Yamaha Hall. In the same year she appeared in the Hollywood tv series “Hawaii five-0” and in the Indian musical “Bombay dreams” in 2015. She also stared in the movie “Shark” with Sam Worthington.
TAKAHARU TEZUKA (Tokyo)
In 1994 he and his wife Yui founded the Tokyo-based Tezuka Architect which emphasizes human activity and connectivity as can be seen in their schools, office buildings and hospitals. Among his main projects the Roof House, Echigo-Matsunoyama Museum of Natural Science, Fuji Kindergarten and Woods of Net. Among his many awards the Global Award for Sustainable Architecture (2017), Japan Institute of Architects Prize (2009), the Association for Children’s Environmet Design Awards (2011) and OECD/CELE 4th Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities (2011) and Moriyama RAIC International Prize 2017 .
He is a Professor at Tokyo City University.
Full bio available at http://www.tezuka-arch.com/english/
BRUNO VANZAN (Tokyo)
Bruno Vanzan started his career at the age of 18. His dream was to become one of the most successful and popular barman of the world. He graduated as Bacardi World Champion in 2008, in 2010 was included in the list of the TOP bartenders. Since then he has been constantly improving, collecting new successes and engagements in the main European capitals as well as in America, Africa and Asia.In 2015 he became Vice-Champion of the World and in 2016 he won the first prize for the best cocktail at the IBA’s World Championship being reconfirmed again as one of the most important barman of our times.
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GIANLUCA VITIELLO (Tokyo)
Journalist, radio speaker, blogger, musician, lecturer in urban languages and fashion metropolitan cultures. He is an entertainment format creator and producer. One of his last work is the photographic exhibition 'Deejaynellamardio Exhibition' in collaboration with Radio Deejay.
YASUHIRO YAMASHITA (Tokyo)
Born in Amami Oshima Yasuhiro Yamashita established Atelier Tekuto in 1991. Strongly influenced by the natural beauty of his native Amami, Yamashita’s main interest as an architect lies in the environment people live in: both as private homes (he designed over 200) and as resorts and hotels focusing on the harmonious relationship with the local community and using local materials. His style is unique for the lack of computer-generated content – he usually uses hand-drawn sketches and line drawings.
Since 2013 he has been teaching at Kyushu University and he has been conducting research on the elderly both in single and large, multi-purpose facilities.
Full bio available at http://www.tekuto.com/en/about_tekuto/people
EMILIANO BLASI (Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka)
Graduated fromthe Conservatory of Music of Perugia and taught throughout his academic career by top-notch teachers such as Romualdo Savastano, Nicola Martinucci, Ron Anderson, Gary Catona, Claudio Desideri. Emiliano has a long career of tours at major Italian Theatres (Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Teatro di Milano, Teatro Pavone in Perugia, Teatro Manzoni in Cassino... ) and classical music festivals playing many roles as a soloist. In Japan Emiliano continues his career as a singer with numerous concerts and performances (TV and radio programs for NHK, collaborations with fashion designer Zin Kato for Amazon Fashion Week) and teaching (workshops at Tokyo University).
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CHRISTY RAY (Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka)
Christy Ray is a goddess of gymnastics. You won’t believe what she is able of until you see her perform. She got her Master of Sport from the Russian Federation Modern Rhythmic Gymnastic before starting touring around the world to perform (from aerial to flying pole and contorsion), dance, act and DJ. 3 times Gold Medalist: Miss & Mister Pole Dance Globe (Germany, 2015); Pole art Fest, (Portugal, 2016); Asia Pole Championship (Singapore, 2015). Christy performes regularly in top Theater and Musical Productions and appears onJapanese TV.
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Born in 1992 in Perugia with a degree from the Artusi Cooking Institute from Chianciano Terme, Emilaino has already collected important experiecnes in high end facilities in Tuscany and Umbria as responsible for food coordination. Along his Chef career he is also alternating a teaching career at the Istituto Alberghiero in Assisi.
ADA GABUCCI (Nagoya)
HYŌHŌ TAISHA RYŪ (Tokyo)
Hyōhō Taisha Ryū, usually referred as the "greatest fencing school of Western Japan", was founded 450 years ago in Kumamoto during the Sengoku period. The founder, Marume Kurandosuke, was a master swordsman from the Sagara Clan of Hitoyoshi Province.The name "Taisha" can be translated as "forget your body" or "forget to wait or to retreat". In other words to constantly move and act in a natural way. This fencing school, which also includes kicking, striking and throwing techniques, represents a complete fighting system that has been preserved until today.
JUNKO KIMURA (Tokyo)
Professor of Business Administration, Hosei University. Visiting professor at the University of Venice from September 2012 to August 2014. specialising in Italian Origin Designation (PDO) and Geographical Indication (PGI) mainly for wine and cheese. Upon returning to Japan she started collaborating within the review Committee for the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries on Geographical Indication (GI) . She is also an AIS Italian wine sommelier, AISO olive oil sommelier.
The famous singer Kotone grew up learning the Italian song, the jazz and the chanson since she was young, thanks to her mother, a musical actress and singer of chanson and her aunt, a singer jazz. Since 2017 she has started her performances at the Tokyo Live House, where she performed as a soloist and as a live one-man. In March 2015 he won the Grand Prize at the "New generation singers " contest organized by Japan Chanson Association at Forum Hall C. Currently, she mostly plays jazz, chanson and Italian songs.
KYOKO SHIMOZAKI (Tokyo)
After graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2009, Kyoko spent five years in the States working as opera singer. At the Metropolitan Opera House she performed as Prima Donna in the Francesco Cavalli’s “Giasone”. After her return to Japan she kept on performing both in classic and new opera. This fall, Kyoko will perform as Prima Donna in an opera based on Hokusai paintings.
MARIKO OTSUKA (Tokyo)
With a degree in music from the Nihon University College of Art, she started as a freelancer composing songs for animation films and commercials for established brands.
In 2011 she released her first album “Oasis", followed by the second one “F” in 2015.
She performs regularly in Tokyo with her Mariko Otsuka REGULAR SOLO LIVE, with classical songs, covers as well as her own songs.
TRE TOLKER (Tokyo)
Tre Tolker are three passionate Japanese musicians devoted to folk music and the traditional musical influences of Europe. Each individual member plays their very own unique instrument. The Nyckelharpa, a keyed fiddle, traditionally a Swedish instrument but with known early Italian references. The Hardingfele, a highly decorative fiddle and the Celtic Harp. Tre Tolker’s arrangement and engaging interpretation of classic European folk music has delighted and moved listeners both in Japan and beyond.
YOSHI YAMADA (Tokyo)