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Article from August/September issue of CULTURAL NEWS

  • by TR
  • September 13th, 2016

Thank you, Shige Higashi for publishing this latest article on PATH OF DREAMS!




Behind the scenes

  • by TR
  • May 4th, 2016

Here are some of our behind the scenes photos from our PATH OF DREAMS shoot in Japan. Thank you to our wonderful, amazing, talented cast and crew!






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Filming on location in Japan

  • by TR
  • May 4th, 2016

We filmed PATH OF DREAMS on location in Niigata Prefecture, Japan in April 2016. Please find some of the photos from the shoot below!







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Coming to Niigata!

  • by TR
  • February 17th, 2016


新潟の元英語教師、タマラ・ルーパートが、 詩人、小野小町を元にした映画製作でロサンゼルスからクルーをつれて日本に戻ってきます。新潟での8−9日間ほどの撮影中、アメリカ人と日本人クルーのホームステイ先を探しています。アメリカ人クルーは皆ハリウッドで活躍しているメンバーで、日本語を話しません。




Seeking Housing for Members of an American Film Crew

Former Niigata English teacher, Tamara Ruppart, is returning to Japan with a crew of filmmakers from Los Angeles to produce a film inspired by poet Ono no Komachi. The team is hoping to find lodging for the members of the American and Japanese crew for 8-9 days during the film shoot in Niigata. The American members of the crew are professionals from Hollywood in Los Angeles who are native English speakers.

Director/Producer Tamara Ruppart taught English at AEON Amity English School in Bandai for over a year. It is Tamara’s love for Japan that has inspired her to work with a prominent Asian-American writer, Velina Hasu Houston, to create a film inspired by Ono No Komachi and Japanese poetry. Everyone working on the project is passionate about learning about Japan and creating art inspired by Japanese culture. It would be an incredible opportunity for these members of the film crew to stay in homes to learn about modern life in Japan and build cultural bridges.

We are hoping to find housing close to Niigata Station for the crew. If you are interested in housing a member of the American or Japanese crew, please contact Katie Peabody at

Shoot Date!

  • by TR
  • January 27th, 2016

We are happy to announce that we will be shooting PATH OF DREAMS on location in Japan in April 2016! Thank you to all our supporters and followers – we could not have done it without you!

“Hot Film to Watch”

  • by TR
  • September 10th, 2015

PATH OF DREAMS has been listed as a “Hot Film to Watch” by From the Heart Productions!  We were in the top 40 out of over 200 entered for their Summer 2015 Dean Grant!

Great blog on Ono no Komachi!

  • by TR
  • June 12th, 2015

Check out this great article I found on Ono no Komachi!

Reading of Velina Hasu Houston’s new play LIKE THE FLOW OF A RIVER

  • by TR
  • April 1st, 2015

Like the Flow of a River READING FLYER III

Ono no Komachi poetry

  • by TR
  • February 28th, 2015

Here are a few of my favorite poems by Ono no Komachi –

Though I visit him
In my dreams,
The sum of all those meetings
Is less than a single waking glimpse.
     (Tr. Helen Craig McCullough)

Did he appear,
because I fell asleep
thinking of him?
If only I'd known I was dreaming
I'd never have wakened.
     (Tr. Jane Hirshfield and Aratani Mariko)

Yielding to a love
That knows no limit,
I shall go to him by night --
For the world does not yet censure
Those who tread the paths of dreams.
     (Tr. Helen Craig McCullough)

USC Panel “Action Through Art”

  • by TR
  • September 14th, 2014

The USC Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture will host Action Through Art: The Poetry of Ono no Komachi on November 1, 2014. Please come to this FREE event to hear Writer/Producer Velina Hasu Houston, Producer Ko Mori, and Director/Producer Tamara Ruppart speak about their film PATH OF DREAMS. Actress Tamlyn Tomita will read selected poems by Ono no Komachi.

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