Traditional Japanese Dances
Iyo Manzai – A New Year's celebratory dance, this asks the gods for peace during the coming year. Danced using fans, the performers create shapes such as boats, trees, and birds to symbolize good fortune.
Ayakomai - is a dance with a history going back half a millennium; it is a prayer of thanks to the gods.
Bon Odori Dance
- The steps to Bon odori are something that are a part of traditional Japanese education, handed down from generation to generation.
- Men & Women's movements are very similar in basic steps, the key difference lies in the fact that traditional kimonos are much more restrictive. The kicks and moves are more precise and short, necessitated both by their clothing and also the geta--sandals they wear to perform in.
- Bon Odori (meaning Bon dance) is a festival held every summer as a reminder of the gratefulness one should feel towards one's ancestors. One of the largest Bon Odori celebrations outside Japan, this joyous event is also a showcase of Japanese art, dance, food and drinks.
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