Yoroshiku onegaishmasu (よろしくお願いします), I would like to be in good relation with you.
I’m Tada, or Tadaaki.
I’m a person of Japanese diaspora, working on Unceded Coast Salish Territories AKA Vancouver BC, as a practitioner, developer, and teacher of emergent methodologies for individual and collective healing that holistically integrate animism, somatics, and justice, .
There are two basic premises to my practice , which I have sometimes described as cultural somatics, that deeply interact with each other:
- Following my ancestral wisdom traditions, I understand that the world is a soma – a complex field interwoven from energies in stasis and flux, yin (陰) and yang (陽). From this arises the observation that cultures are in fact bodies, or rather ‘cultural somas’, that emerge from networks of relationships. Cultural somas are intangible in nature yet can functions similarly to our own body that has a delicate nervous system. This fractal relationship between individual and cultural somas shows us that all somas, large and small, are meant to be in co-healing with each other.
- The above-mentioned cultural somas are also fields in which intangible beings, that our elders cultures has traditionally referred to as ancestors, spirits, and goddesses/gods, exist. In my ancestral culture of Japan these beings would all be called kami (神). Further, even abstract concepts such as white supremacy or misogyny may be understood as kami that have unique needs and wants. Following, our individual and collective healing as humans is innately interconnected with these intangible beings who are also a part of the greater networks of relationships that make up cultural somas.
I currently offer coaching and consulting services for:
- 1-on-1 and group facilitation work that addresses oppressions such as white supremacy as trauma itself.
- Social activist organizing that is built upon the foundations of trauma-informed somatic healing, such as relationship building, unconditional positive regard, and titration (working gently and slowly in processing emotional material to avoid re-traumatization).
I also operate the Ritual as Justice School and teach courses there.
If you’re wondering what I mean by ‘Selfish’ as it appears in the title of my website, it is a reference to the Japanese embodiment concept of Hara (肚), the lower belly center that is understood to be the seat of the self. When we restore the center of self, we may be in integrity with the world around us.
Background of practice
My practice draws upon these main lineages:
- Schools of modern creative and somatic therapies such as dance movement therapy, somatic sex education, Hakomi Method, and expressive arts therapy (which I am certified in through Langara College and is my main training). I acknowledge that these lineages of modern therapy derive much of their healing resource from the traditional practices of cultures of color as well as European folk cultures.
- Asian/Japanese ancestral embodiment lineages from energy medicine to martial arts that I have immersed myself in through self-practice and research (I am a fluent Japanese reader/speaker). There is a great ocean of knowledge here but people who have been particularly influential are Kenji Ushiro, Hideo Takaoka, and Corky Quakenbush (Please note that I am not a practitioner who can explicitly instruct on the arts I draw from).
- Animist-indigenous ritual and ancestral healing, a lot of which I have absorbed through my ongoing collaboration with Dare Sohei as well as my personal research of Japanese folk animism. Other inspirations for animism in my work include Sobonfu Some, Malidoma Some, and various writings on Wetiko (an Algonquin word for a cannibalistic spirit).
- Street dance, particularly ‘popping’, an umbrella term for mechanical street dances that emerged from black and brown communities of the West Coast of Turtle Island during the early 1970s.