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Last August, with summer sweltering the city, I met Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews, two soloists from the New York-based American Ballet Theatre, one of the word’s top-four classical companies along with the Royal Ballet in London, Paris Opera Ballet and the Bolshoi in Moscow.

Both in their late 20s, Nagoya-native Kajiya and Houston, Texas-born Matthews were in Tokyo to dance a piece from “Giselle” together in a “Lausanne Gala” at the Aoyama Theatre — and also as PR ambassadors for ABT’s tour of Japan which finally curtains-up tonight with “The Nutcracker” at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Shibuya.

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