Uehara Aki ensemble
Uehara Aki is the director of Mutiara Arts Productions. From 2003-2008, Aki studied traditional performing arts and participated in shadow plays, gamelan orchestras, Malay folk music, and Kroncong throughout the South East Asia. While there, she also worked with “Arts-ED”, a project to promote education through cultural programs and arts. After earning an MA in Ethonomusicology in 2008, Aki worked at International House of Japan (Tokyo) and, in 2011, founded Mutiara Arts Productions, which produces cultural exchange opportunities to bridge Japan and other countries through various services such as Malay-Japanese translation/interpretation, production and management of cultural projects in Malaysia and Indonesia, essays and other writings on traditional Malay arts, shadow theatre workshops for children, and shadow theatre performances. Aki is also actively involved in various gamelan and shadow theatre performances produced by other organizations in Tokyo and beyond.