Yachiyo Inoue V
Born in Kyoto, Yachiyo Inoue is the fifth generation Master of the traditional Inoue School of Kyomai and Ningen Kokuhō. She is also a Living National Treasure, a certification granted in Japan by the Japanese government Ministery (Jūyō Mukei Bunkazai Hojisha) for individuals who have attained an exceptional mastery of an art or craft.
Yachiyo Inoue’s father, Yusetsu Katayama, was the successor to the prestigious Kanze school of Noh and Ningen Kokuhō. Yachiyo Inoue herself began training in 1959 at the Inoue School of Kyomai under the guidance of her grandmother, Master Yachiyo Inoue IV, also of the Ningen Kokuhō.
By 1970, Yachiyo Inoue was the Master of the Inoue school of Kyomai and in 1975 she became an instructor at the Yasaka Nyokoba Gakuen, an institution run by the Gion Girls’ Art school. In 1999 Yachiyo Inoue received the Education Minister's Prize for Selected Art for her performing dance skills and, in the same year, she was awarded the Japan Art Academy Prize.
In 2000 she inherited the title of Yachiyo Inoue V by succeeding her grandmother Yachiyo Inoue IV. Amongst other prestigious prizes, Yachoyo Inoue was awarded the Medal of Honor (purple ribbon) in 2013 and in 2015 she became Important Intangible Cultural Property (Mukei Bunkazai). This is more commonly referred as Ningen Kokuhō, or Living National Treasure.
She is a member of the Japan Art Academy and Executive Director of the Japanese Classical Dance Association.
井上 八千代（いのうえ やちよ）