VANISHING GODDESS / The Ancient Story of Femininity in Japan

VANISHING GODDESS / The Ancient Story of Femininity in Japan / Event

Philadelphia event April 26

DreamQuest Records ( is hosting a unique Musical, Art and Intercultural Show at the Moore College of Art in Philadelphia on Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27 (both performances will be at 3pm).  The theme is The History of Femininity in Japan, stretching back from Modern times to the Johmon Era.   Vanishing Goddess will include historical oversight, original photography, a video presentation, an original musical score performed throughout the show, sung duets in Japanese and English as well as performers dressed in exquisite high fashion Kimonos.


The original creator of the show, Mr. Naoya Yamaguchi and his wife Chikako Takaki, will bring their team from Japan to facilitate the educational, cultural exchange and kimono demonstrations that are featured in the show.  Their travel is sponsored by the Japan Foundation.   This is the first time it will be presented in the United States.   The photograph from the facing page and the photographs below are from prior shows in Italy.  Mr. Yamaguchi is a greatly acclaimed international photographer who works for the leading high fashion magazines in Japan, as well as being the principal photographer for Miss Japan and Miss Universe, and whose original photographic work is featured in Art Galleries across the world.

The Philadelphia show will add an exciting musical component to an already fascinating and elaborate event.  DreamQuest Records Musical Director Clay Sears who performs with Jay Z, Rihanna and Janet Jackson, is a world class musician and producer across the entire musical spectrum from the Classical repetoire clear through to the realm of the Mega Pop Star.  Clay will create an original theme/soundtrack for the show that will span the musical genre of ancient Japanese music through to modern times. He will be working with the Japanese singer Kumiko ( and the celebrated international Classical pianist Yukino Kano (  In addition to singing some traditional Japanese songs and some of her own compositions in the “prayer genre”, Kumiko will sing in character as Himiko from Ancient Times, Shirabyoushi in the 12th century and an Oiran from the Edo Period.  Clay will also collaborate with James MacFarlane, who is a popular singer/songwriter who performs in his own unique ZenCeltic style.  James will act as MC and English translator for the presentation in Japanese by Mr. Yamaguchi.

We expect the show will be well received by both local audiences and people of Japanese heritage living in the Tri-State area; given the very unique format that includes both historical interest, high art, world class musical presentations and Japanese traditional fashion.  The event is being held at the Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia ( which is the first  and only Women’s College for visual arts in the United States and makes it a most appropriate venue for this event.


Naoya Yamaguchi
Vanishing Goddess The History of Femininity in Japan takaki
Chikako Takaki

Vanishing Goddess The History of Femininity in Japan CAST
Philadelphia event April 26