MIDORI, Gunma — Japan’s only school teaching circus performances located in the mountains here temporarily closed the curtains on its show in late July, due to falling numbers of pupils dreaming of entering the spotlight.
The school building itself is the gymnasium of a former elementary school in the mountains of Midori, Gunma Prefecture. When Nishida was searching for a “quiet environment to concentrate on practice,” an acquaintance residing in Gunma Prefecture who shared his dream of opening a school chose the site. As one of the instructors, they even beckoned Nadejda Tischtschenko, 65, who had the experience under her hat of winning the Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships and previously teaching at the Ukrainian Circus Academy in Kiev, Ukraine…
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