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Dr. Kazuko Tatsumura Hillyer
Teacher of the Far Infrared and Qi Healing Class

Dr. Hillyer was born in the renowned family of silk, the Tatsumura of Kyoto, Japan. She was a celebrated international impresaria with exceptional pioneering contribution to advancing the global performing and cultural arts, producing performances for world leaders to commemorate events of global historical significance, bringing traditional arts from the east to the western world, and opening cultural exchange among countries with no diplomatic ties. She organizes innumerable benefits to raise funds and consciousness for local and global philanthropy and to protect irreplaceable world environment, artistic, and cultural heritage and world treasures. She continues to initiate and lead world-wide humanitarian efforts for the welfare of refugees, victims of war, natural calamities, domestic violence, homelessness, drugs and AIDS. Currently, she is a leading teacher and practitioner of Oriental Medicine, and an advocate for the integration of thousands of years of eastern tradition in health and healing into the contemporary health care system. She has been residing in New York since 1962.

Selected Honors And Awards

2003 Physician of the Year, Honorary Chairman, awarded by the National Republican Congressional Committee's Physicians' Advisory Board, in recognition of the top Medical Leaders in the United States.

Special Medal of Honor from Prince Fushiminomiya of the Japan Cultural Foundation in recognition of her contribution for the cultural promotion of Japan (2001)

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, gave her the Tibetan name Tenzing Yanchen, for her work for the Tibetan people and their cause since 1973.

Special Honor from New York City for her contribution in saving the Beacon Theater from demolition.

Gold Medal of Cultural Merit from Vienna, Austria

Smetana Medal from Czechoslovakia

She also received medals and honors from East Germany, Korea, Japan and other countries.

Highlights of Achievements of
Global Historical, Cultural and Humanitarian Significance

Princess Grace of Monaco reciting at the Beacon Theater with Prince Albert attending. Princess Grace was the Chairperson of the Concert Arts Society, a nonprofit foundation Dr. Hillyer established to save the Beacon Theater from demolition. Built in 1928 in the art deco style of the period, the Beacon Theater was the only structure of its kind left in New York.

On the occasion of the State Visit of Emperor Hirohito to the United States, at the return banquet for President Gerald Ford, she arranged the music for the Emperor, the President and guests. She was the only civilian Japanese invited to the banquet.

In 1977, Dr. Hillyer created the Save the Boat People campaign responding to the challenge of refugees in Asia. She organized demonstrations at the New York Harbor on July 4, 1977 and at the Lake Geneva, Switzerland during the United Nations Emergency Conference on Refugees. The demonstrations were broadcast by the media all over the world, and the Save the Boat People became a worldwide campaign.

She founded the International Festivals & Events Inc., a nonprofit, producing numerous benefits to raise funds and consciousness at the local, national and world-wide scale for the victims of war, earthquakes, flood, homelessness, domestic violence, drugs and AIDS.

She initiated the concept of the United Nations Children's Day, for the first time in 1977.

She created the United Nations of Arts with the support of ambassadors from 96 of the countries of the United Nations providing the venue for an annual cultural presentation at the Beacon Theater in New York City.

On the commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of German Immigration into the United States, she arranged the Carnegie Hall performance for President Ronald Reagan and President Kari Carstens of Germany, with Vice President George Bush also in attendance.

On the launching of the First Lady, Mrs. Nancy Reagan's "Just Say NO!" campaign against drugs, she arranged the performance of the Vienna Volks Opera at the Kennedy Center.

On the celebration of the New York-Tokyo Sister City 50th Anniversary, she arranged the commemorative program at the Carnegie Hall.

On the occasion of the first visit of Mr. Vaclaw Havel of Czechoslavakia to the United States, she arranged the New York and T.V. production of the event with celebrities.

In 1986, she opened the Gallery International 57 at 57th Street in New York City to promote emerging artists worthy of New York and worldwide exposure. Some of the exhibitions included: Overseas Artists from Japan, Russian in America, Graffiti Artists in New York, Young Waves from South America, Hampton in Winter, and Mystic Asia.

In 1992, she founded the Okido Holistic Health Center in New York and the Shinkiko Energy Healing - New York office. She began teaching Yoga and Tai Chi, and practice energy healing work, and give lectures, radio programs and seminars on various holistic healing modalities.

In 2001, she organized the "Sunrise of Compassion," a gathering at the Mt. Fuji, which has been endorsed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to generate universal energy of compassion and love. In 2002, the gathering became part of the celebration of the "2002 United Nations International Year of the Mountains." It has now become an annual international gathering happening every last Sunday sunrise of July.

In 2001, she founded the GAIA Holistic, Inc. in response to the tragedy of the World Trade Center terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001 to transform trauma, pain and suffering to a collective quest for holistic healing, health, and universal peace.

Selected Outstanding Accomplishments in the Field of International Cultural Exchange

From 1968 to 1991, Dr. Hillyer established and operated Hillyer International Inc. as the vehicle of her life work in international cultural exchange. Producing and managing up to 2000 events each year all over the world, she pioneered in introducing traditional eastern culture and arts to the western world, and bringing whole ensembles on world tours. A few of these outstanding performances include:

From Japan for the first time in the USA, she introduced Grand Kabuki, Bunraku Theater, NOH Theater, Kyogen, Ondekoza and others.

From East to West, she introduced numerous traditional performing arts such as the Thai National Dancers, Korean National Folk Ensemble, Malaysian Puppet Theater, India`s Katakali and Tibet Folk Opera and others.

Some of the distinguished art organizations that toured under her management are: Metropolitan Opera, Vienna Volks Opera, St. Petersburg Opera, La Scala Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Moscow State Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra de la Suisse Romande, Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, Czeck State Philharmonic, Stuttgart Bach Cellesium, Young Vic Theater from London, Romanian Jewish Theater, Polish Mime, Ballet Theater, and others.

She has especially contributed in building relationships among countries with no diplomatic ties and opened cultural communications and exchange between these countries -- the first time ever in their contemporary history. Among others, she brought the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra from East Germany to Japan and the USA, and the Hungarian Dance Company and Orchestra from Czechoslavakia to South Korea.


She has written several books on holistic health, including:
Overcoming Cancer and other Diseases in a Holistic Way. (New York: Kokoro Publishing. 2000.)
Daily Principles for a Quality of Life

Personal Information

Dr. Hillyer has been written about in numerous articles and publications, including the best-sellers Key to Success (Tokyo: Kodansha Publishing), and Shining Beyond the Seas (Tokyo: Futabasha Publishing) by Keiko Yamanaka.

1965 Was married to Raphael Hillyer, Founder and Violist of Juilard String Quartet and traveled the world with her husband on concert tours. They have one daughter, Reiko Hillyer, of New York.

2000 Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine. International Academy of Education.

1964 New York University, Masters in Arts. Ph.D. credits. Full scholarships.

1962 Graduated with Honors from Boston University (Bachelor of Arts). Full scholarships.

1961 Graduated from Toho Academy of Music, Tokyo, Japan. Major in Composition, Piano and Musicology. Invited by the Boston Symphony Orchestra to participate in the Tanglewood Summer Festival.

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