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About Us

Rieko Kotoku

She was born and raised in Tottori, Japan. She joined Sacramento Taiko Dan in 2006, where she has been a performer for the last 10 years under the mentorship of Tiffany Tamaribuchi.


In 2013, Rieko met Akira Katogi, General Corporation Wariki, a master of traditional Japanese performing arts including Shinto Kagura dance and Taiko. She was touched by his message, which had a profound and transcending effect on her soul. This led Rieko to embark on a spiritual journey in search of the philosophical importance of Japanese culture and the purpose of her performing arts. As a student of Mr. Katogi, she has studied Shinto Kagura dance, Buddhist dance and Taiko, and is now an independent performer.

Sawako Ama

She was born and raised in a Buddhist temple in the south part of Japan.  The safety and sacred feeling she felt being in the temple throughout her life has become an important part of her expression when she performs.  She has studied Gagaku (Japanese traditional music for Buddhist temples and Shinto shirines) and many different styles of dance all through her life. She has been performing as a dance artist and as a musician since 2008 in USA and Japan.  Her dance journey led her to study sacred/ritualistic music and dances from all over the world.


Since she joined KOHAKU, she finds her roots in Japanese culture and brings traditional and contemporary Japanese performing arts into her dance art.  She celebrates the art of life by blending diverse cultures in her original interpretations of Japanese dance, belly dance and world fusion.

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