TEDxTokyo Performer Imamaru Hayashiya
A paper-cutting entertainer in the vaudeville tradition, Imamaru Hayashiya is also a paper-cutting artist who makes unique pieces of art upon request with a single pair of scissors. He became a disciple of the first Hayashiya Shouraku in 1960, and since the late 1960s has traveled the globe giving interviews, performances and exhibitions of his work in Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, Latin America and the Middle East. He plays a major role as an educator of traditional Japanese culture by holding workshops for children, not only teaching them about Japanese traditions but also sparking their creativity. Imamaru is also know as a cultural ambassador spreading the arts of paper-cutting throughout the world.