Born in Saitama, Japan Junko Hirabayashi started learning Japanese traditional dance, Nihon-Buyo, in Tokyo under direction of Kanoko Fujima, a dance expert of the New Fujima school. She learned not only long classical repertoire but also short pieces for stage performances.
After traveling through the world including a stint in America, Junko came to Sydney in April 2006 and took lessons from Ms. Yoke Chin Kham, a renowned teacher. She left and spent two years in Toronto, Canada soaking up and entertaining a very different culture. Upon her return in March 2011, she resumed taking dance lessons from Yoke. She subsequently advanced to the point where she now can teach and organise Japanese dance workshops with her teacher.
Junko regularly performs at charities, community events, student recitals and private functions across New South Wales in bilingually Japanese and English. Her specialty, of course, is thrilling her audiences as a geisha-style dancer in a traditional dress called a kimono—with sashaying class and propriety. She was schooled in the ways of art, hosting, games, dance, music and playful, demure conversation.
Meanwhile, Junko has ongoing classes in ballet and jazz—the former of which she has rigourously trained for over 10 years, and the latter by about 5 years, and is a mezzo-soprano singer in her own right. She is also a taiko (Japanese drumming) player, and has the 1st dan for Japanese traditional fencing called Kendo. She is equally decorative on screen, having starred in numerous videos, films and commercials.