Grandmaster Fujima Shunojo
FUJIMA SHUNOJO received his natori (professional performance name) - a major milestone for a practitioner of the Japanese cultural arts - at an early age. He opened his own school of classical dance and taught for several years in Tokyo before coming to the United States, first on tour with a classical dance troupe, and later permanently. For the past thirty-seven years, Fujima sensei has directed his own dance group in Chicago. In 2013 he received the Japanese Foreign Minister's Commendation Award for his ongoing work in the US promoting Japanese culture through teaching and performing Japanese classical dance. In addition to the annual recitals, Fujima and his dancers perform for various civic and cultural groups, colleges, universities and various festivals in and around Chicago and the Midwest.