SHUKIDO was founded on February 1st, 2005, by Paulette GUSTIN-AKIYAMA, Artistic Agent.

SHUKIDO’s objective is to promote cultural awareness and understanding by organizing events : exhibitions, workshops of Japanese-European visual and performing artists.


Photo of Paulette
Born in Belgium, in 1976 I settled in Tokyo, moved afterwards to Africa, Belgium, France and returned to Tokyo in 2003.

These moves spurred my interest in cultural exchange particularly in Brussels (1990-99), where I met passionate artists and representatives of the Ministry of Culture.

Back to Tokyo, this interest in cultural exchange brings me to establish SHUKIDO in 2005.

Activities in Belgium (1990 - 1999)

1990 - 1999 :

Public Relations, fund-raising for the new professional classic-modern dance training project of Balletomania, ballet school directed by Piotr NARDELLI(*) and Andrzej Ziemski.(*)

(*) Ex-dancers of Ballet du XXe Siecle, ballet teachers invited by several renowned ballet companies, and by international ballet competitions and dance workshops.

1992 :

Public relations assistant to the first “Dance Salad” Festival produced and directed by Nancy Henderek.

1992 :

Administrative assistant to ASBL L’Ensemble, directed by Micha Van Hoecke, during their performances in Louvain-La-Neuve.

Activities in Japan (1992~)


for Wallonie-Bruxelles Theatre (WBT), Agency co-directed by the Ministry of Communaute Francaise Wallonie-Bruxelles and by the Commissariat General aux Relations Internationales (CGRI) :

1999 - 2000 :

“Visas-Japan” ; survey of the international dance/theater festivals, venues, promoters, producers

Agent representing :

  • Piotr NARDELLI, Director of Balletomania -ballet school in Brussels- invited as guest teacher at classic ballet summer workshops organised between 1992 - 2003 by :

    AnCreative (2002), Tama Ballet Association (1994-1998), Akiko Tachibana Memorial Foundation (1999-2003), New National Theatre, Tokyo (NNTT) - Ballet and Training Program for ballet dancers (2002).

    Since 2006 Shukido has organised in Tokyo a dance Summer Workshop at Kaitani Ballet Studio (2006, 2007, 2008) and Ballet Studio Ailes (2009, 2010).

  • Christine KEYEUX- SCHNÖLLER, Belgian Visual Artist :

    exhibitions organised:

    in 2005: "I loved Paper"

    - in JATA World Travel Fair 2005, Belgian Booth, Tokyo Big Sight, September 22-24, 2005

    - in DESIGN Festa, Vol.22, Tokyo Big Sight, November 27, 2005

    in 2009: "Shukido Open Doors 2009"

    - in Tokyo Mori no Terrace, December 15-17, 2009:
    exhibition of 'paper' fashion accessories/ compositions
    '100% Jewels' created by the Moroccan Association 100%Mamans, with help of Christine Keyeux

  • DESIGN Pyrénées, Éditions, French Design Collections

    Exhibition "Shukido Open Doors 2009" in Tokyo "Mori no Terrace", December 15-17, 2009

    Exhibition of Design Pyrénées Collection 2008-2009

    - Wool Range: "le brin", "les mille brins", design: Stefania di Petrillo

    - natural sharpening stone: "or gris/le lingot", design: Godefroy de Virieu