Yoko Morishita

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Yoko Morishita (森下洋子 Morishita Yoko, born in Hiroshima December 7, 1948) is a Japanese ballerina for Matsuyama Ballet Company. She represented Japan as a prima ballerina.


  • Started ballet at the age of three.
  • Moved to Tokyo to start her ballet life in 1963 when she was 12 years old.
  • Studied ballet in America in 1969.
  • Entered Matsuyama Ballet Company in 1971
  • Won for the Gold Medal at the 1974 Varna International Ballet Competition.
  • Won the Japan Academy Prize in 1975 and 1977.
  • Performed for the 25th anniversary of the Queen Elizabeth in 1977.
  • Performed at Palais Garnier as the 1st Japanese ballerina in 1981.
  • Performed with Rudolf Nureyev from 1983.
  • Participates in some international ballet competitions as a judge.
  • Won the Japan Academy of Arts Award in 1985.
  • Won the 10th Laurence Olivier Awards in 1985.
  • One of the Person of Cultural Merit in 1997.
  • Won the Hiroshima Prefectural Prize of Honour in 2000.
  • Leader of Matsuyama Ballet Company from 2001.
  • Member of the The Japan Art Academy from 2002.
  • Awarded the Praemium Imperiale at October 23, 2012.

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