Jacosa Nao Kato, sister, daughter, friend, artist, left us suddenly when she died on November 24, 2016, having fallen four stories from a fire escape in Los Angeles, California. Jacosa began bringing joy to those of us on Earth on June 2, 1982. She became the world’s best/worst big sister at four years old. Jacosa started circus arts at age five in Atlanta, Georgia. She was a loving friend, a master teacher, and an inspiring mentor to scores of children, teenagers, and adults, as well as being an incredibly graceful and innovative performer. She performed circus arts nationwide and was a founding member of the Atlanta based MakeShift Circus Collective. Jacosa performed magical arts with her god-family at the Magic Castle, L.A., as well as internationally. As a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, her visual and literary art reflected her compassionate and insightful nature.

Jacosa is survived by a community and family who love her, including her mother, Jen Macuch Kato; father, Kiyoaki Kato; sister, Kasumi Kato; grandfather, Marvin M. Macuch; uncles, Charles and Steven Macuch; god-family, West Yarbrough McDonough, James Flanagan, Jason Flanagan, and Claude Yarbrough; and an enormous chosen family too numerous to name. Her memorial will take place on December 11th, 2016. In lieu of flowers, please refer to this website for information on how to fund the journey to Japan to place Jacosa’s ashes in the Kato family shrine in Omiya, and for a list of organizations chosen by the family, to which your donation will continue Jacosa’s inspiring legacy.

Jacosa affected all that knew her, no matter how briefly, and children and grown-ups alike will forever miss the beacon of her smile. This world has lost a brilliant light of compassion, strength, incredible talent, and love. May we all carry her artistic torch into the future with as much presence, commitment, and joy as she brought to everyday of her short, fierce, and full life.