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About Us

 Mixed Chorus Kakehashi has its origin in a parent chorus of the San Francisco Japanese School. The parent chorus started in 2007 and has performed annually at the Japanese school’s special event. They normally met for only a few months of the year. In Spring 2011, many members who wished to continue singing throughout the year gathered and extended their activities beyond the Japanese school.
 The new group was named Kakehashi, meaning a bridge connecting two sides with differences, such as people, countries, and cultures. It reflects the San Francisco Japanese School’s vision of raising children so they will become the cultural bridge between Japan and other parts of the world.
 Kakekashi has been performing at local festivals and events, such as the Cupertino Cherry Blossom Festival, Tachibana Japanese School in San Jose, Stanford University, and Santa Clara University. We also participated in a joint charity concert for Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Relief at this same venue in December 2011.

Rules of Mixed Chorus Kakehashi


Music Director & Conductor Yumiko SHIRAIWA
Born in Japan and came to the Bay Area at age 5. She started singing at age 13. She has been singing as part of several community choirs including The Choral Project and Resounding Achord. While Yumiko sang with the Choral Project, the choir was invited to participate in the 2011 International Concorso Competition in Tolosa, Spain. Yumiko graduated from San Jose State University with Bachelor Degree in Vocal Performance.
She has been serving as the conductor of Kakehashi since 2015.


Piano Accompanist Minako AMAKAWA
Minako Amakawa graduated from Musashino Music Conservatory. She studied the piano under Prof. Kyoko Ito and Prof. Anatole Leikin.
She performed as a piano accompanist for choruses in Japan and then for opera singers and instrument players in the U.S. She has been the piano accompanist of Kakehashi since 2007. (personal site:
A member of California Association of Professional Music Teachers.

History of Mixed Chorus Kakehashi Music Director

Takae HIRANO (2008 – 2015)

Takae Hirano directed Mixed Chorus Kakehashi as its first Music Director & Conductor since 2008.
She received her Master’s degree in vocal performance from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. She has been living in the Bay Area since 1995. She has presented many recitals. She won the first prize of Mozart Aria Division and the second prize of Classical Recital Division at the Bay Area Vocal Arts Competition.