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From Tokyo to Brooklyn: A Jagged Journey


"When I was 6, I moved from Tokyo, Japan to Brooklyn, New York when I was 6 never to speak Japanese--or see my grandparents again.


I was a little confused crashing into a culture I did not understand. Since then, I've felt internally Japanese (like my mom) and externally that I am a funky-Brooklynite-who-knows-what.


My Japanese-American identity has inspired me to examine the impact that culture has on our bodies, movement, and patterns and how that swirling alchemy of physical and social cultures influences the ways we move through our world.


The intention is to create processes to unearth our internal histories and encourage embodied dialogue among us."

-Jinza Thayer

“From Tokyo to Brooklyn: A Jagged Journey” (FTTB), will premiere in Minneapolis- St.Paul, Minnesota, 2024


Jinza Thayer is a fiscal year 2022 recipient of a Creative Support for Individuals grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.


This activity is funded, in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s general fund and cultural heritage fund

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