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
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
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
Daily Principles for a Quality of Life
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.
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.
Ph.D. in Oriental Medicine. International Academy of Education.
New York University, Masters in Arts. Ph.D. credits. Full scholarships.
Graduated with Honors from Boston University (Bachelor of Arts).
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.