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“Pause” is a Tokyo-based female choir that succeeded a mothers' chorus group at Egota Elementary School in Nakano, Tokyo, in 1997. It was named “pause,” as many members were working mothers carrying out hectic days. While performing a cappella primarily, it covers a wide range of music composed or arranged by various composers, Japanese or other nationals, including church music, folklore, Japanese songs, and the dynamic and rhythmical African songs arranged by American composers in recent years. Pause has participated in various competitions since it won the gold prize in the ensemble contest in Saitama and won in the Okaasan (Mothers’) chorus contest in Tokyo ticket for the national stage in Takamatsu, Kagawa, in 2000. It gave its first concert in the Suginami Public Hall in 2007 and its 20th-anniversary show in 2016. The members met every Saturday afternoon for all those years except for the last two years due to the pandemic, and they slowly started gathering in person (with great joy!) again in the spring of 2022. With its sister choirs, “Nozomi” in Setagaya, Tokyo, and “Frauen Choir Wonne” in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Pause joins the “YK Kranz,” the joint choir project led by Kimiko Yoshida.



Kimiko Yoshida has conducted Pause, its predecessor, and other female choirs for over 40 years. She’s a dedicated conductor and a trainer who emphasizes accurate tuning and understanding of words. Her lessons are vibrant and filled with joy and excitement. She won gold prizes in the ensemble contests in Tokyo, Saitama, and Kanagawa and was awarded many times in the Okaasan (Mothers’) chorus contests. She founded Jeudi, one of Japan's oldest female choirs, with the other 11 members in 1971. As a great fan of Ichiro and Shohei Ohtani, she enjoys watching the Major League games on TV.

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