About The Official Taku Yamada Website

I made this website not for anyone’s benefit, but truly for great memory and respect towards Taku . While the world keeps changing quickly, I could not find his name, Taku Yamada, on internet anywhere. Without him, it would not have been the same Japanese dance world in the field of jazz, musicals, and revues; it is not exception for those who are well known now such as Shiki Theatre Company, TakarazukaGirls' Operetta Troupe, and Jonny's. Besides hip hop choreograpers, all the choreographers in the field should know of him. Though the dance style changes, new style comes and goes usually in five years, he had been choreographing in major theatre, TV shows and more for past fifty years. I truly believe that there are people and stories that must be passed on. Especially this show business changes radically . Someone has to take an action. I scincerely hope that this website will be seen and talked about amang Japanese dancers and choreographers forever. Let it be the guide for them. I talked with his wife yesterday, and she said Taku’s motto was “A man's true character comes out when he's drunk.” (Charlie Chaplin) Probably he meant how hard dancers always have to work. At last, but not least, I would like to thank Yamada Family who has helped much to create this website. Thank you. And as an interviewer, I have clearly seen their love; how much Taku loved his family and how much he is loved by them as a husband and father. May he rest in peace. p.s. Please point out any mistakes on the site. And also there are not any pictures of Taku choreographing. If you have any, please contact the address below. Thank you.

July 21st, 2009

Webmaster: Tomoko Katayama





It is my honor to translate Mr Yamada's website. I am now a big fan of him though had neither seen his work nor had chance to meet him. The first time I watched his dancing on the video, I welled up simply because he was fascinating. Also I have met his family and understood what a great man he was. Very kind, genuine, hard working.... I am very sorry that he has passed away. I am very thankful that I had this opportunity to meet Yamada Family and got to know about Mr Yamada. Thank you. He also has given me hope. The hope to live on dancing through life time. I know just a bit about him but would like to contribute to pass on his legend.

July 27th, 2009

English Translation: Kei Tsuruharatani