Spark Circus Experience


タイにかえりました。Spark Circus は良い経験でした。今から多くの新しい計画を持っています。

Tod & I’ve returned from the Spark Circus 2016 tour in Mae Sot, Thailand.

Our project went smoothly and we entertained and played with more than 3800 students at 15 schools. We guided 120 students put on their own circus shows and I know that at least a few of those students had a key life experiences thanks to our visit. One young man used a computer for the first time and ran sound for the show; a bully turned around when given the chance; shy students became brave on the aerial rig; and the kids generally expressed so much care and attention in their circus work…it was a delight to see direct evidence of the power of social circus.

The Spark team was fantastic. Eight people from all over the world with a mix of skills, personalities and experience just right for the project. We were all excellent teachers and performers with so much professionalism. I’d recommend any of the team for another project, performance or teaching gig. Thank you, Tune, Kira, Guillaume, Rosie, Chris and Charlie for letting me organise and lead this year’s tour.



I’ve come home with lots of enthusiasm. Here’s the thing. I don’t need to go to Thailand to do social circus. I can (and should) be doing it right here in my own backyard. Japan has plenty of need – orphans, elders, displaced people, ill folks, and disabled people of all kinds who are overlooked and underserved. Let’s juggle together or put on a funny show.

And among the more privileged, I know there is a desperate need for play. A way for hardworking students and salarymen to let loose. For non-conformists and all those “nails that stick up” to express themselves and succeed. I am going to try to provide play opportunities as a for-profit business that feeds my social volunteerism in the hospitals, care homes, and other facilities that can’t afford to pay.

So my first step is to commit to staying home this summer. No trips to India or exotic locales. I’m going to work on establishing my connections here. First by building a local reputation with yoga classes, hoop jams and other creative workshops in Kamogawa. Then I will branch out to afterschool creativity classes and a summer camp for circus and arts.

I can’t do it alone. I need your help. I want to collaborate. Maybe you want to teach or perform in the project, or you know a facility that needs a performance or workshop, or run an NGO that does similar work, or you want to come to my classes and help fund social circus. Cheering me on with a “go go go!” is a big help. In any case, if you want to be part of developing a thriving social circus scene to Japan, be in touch. Email or like the Spin Matsuri Facebook page or catch me in person.


Weekly Yoga


Beginning March 1, morning yoga sessions every Tuesday and Friday morning at Satoyama Design Factory in Kamogawa, Chiba. Come on over for a stretch and some fun. Beginners welcome!

4th Sunday Spin


Wow, what a fun afternoon for the last 4th Sunday Spin of 2015. Twelve people dropped by to hoop and juggle, spin poi, and chat in the chilly December afternoon. We even had two dogs join us.

The next 4th Sunday Spin will be FEBRUARY 28th. I will be in Thailand with Spark Circus in January. I will return with new tricks and ideas for us to play with.


12/23 Workshop: Draw The Year 「年を描く」ワックショップ

draw your year


始めは2015のハイライトを考えいていまし、ハイライトのイメージを描いています。様々な技術をしようとします。経験は不要! 材料が提供さ。自分の使用する写真や記念品などのアイテムを持参してください。

Satoyama Design Factory

It’s the end of the year and a good time to review all the good (and bad) things that happened to you. Let’s draw the highlights of our year in a fun hour-long workshop on December 23rd.

First we’ll list the top things that happened in 2015 and maybe a few of the bottom things, too. Then we’ll draw how they made us feel, think or act. We will try collage, crayon, realistic drawing, and abstraction. You’ll go home with a memory drawing.

No experience required. Suitable for everyone who can remember their year. Bring yourself and a happy attitude. Optional: your diary, printed photos (for collage), or other mementoes. Paper, pens, pencils, scissors and glue provided.

12/23, 15:30 – 16:30
Satoyama Design Factory
Kamogawa, Chiba
500 yen/person

All proceeds from this workshop benefit the upcoming Spark Circus tour, where Tod & Tink will be teaching and performing!

Partner Yoga

partner yoga

Tomorrow morning’s Moyashi Yoga is a session of partner yoga! We’ll work in pairs to gently extend our stretching using one another for support, balance and extra tension in our poses. Bring a friend or come on your own and make a new friend.

9 – 9:45 am @ Satoyama Design Factory, Kamogawa, Chiba. 1000 yen.

Drishti Selfies


In yoga there are many poses where you’re meant to focus your gaze. Often this focal point, drishti, is towards your outstretched hand. It struck me the other day as my eyes drifted away from my hand and towards some distraction, that if I held my phone camera in the proper location I’d probably keep my drishti in line.

It worked a treat. I tried out a variety of poses and snapped a few drishti selfies. Using the camera’s self-timer meant that I held the pose solidly for ten seconds and pointing the camera at myself kept my attention on the place where it was supposed to be.

Physically, if not mentally.

Expect a round of selfie yoga in some of my upcoming classes, because this is going to be a good teaching aid for beginners who aren’t sure where to look…or yogis like me who lose focus.

Moyashi Yoga


Every Tuesday and Friday in December.

9:00 – 9:45 @ Satoyama Design Factory in Kamogawa, Chiba
1000 yen/session or 6,000 yen for the full month.

Tuesday morning is Easy Stretch Yoga.
Friday mornings mix it up with new programs every week.
All are suitable for beginners and beyond.
Classes will be taught in English, mostly. 🙂