Japanese Traditional Dance-Explained

Japanese Traditional Dance-Explained

The ODORI and MAI are main types of Japanese Traditional Dance This is an example of Noh Mai Bowing on the floor with both hands pointing to each other is done before the dance The fan is elegantly opened with the four finger tips Mai is originated in the western part of Japan It is traditionally performed in Japanese rooms instead of on-stage.

It was influenced by Noh drama.

The origin of the Noh Mai can be traced back to as far as the thirteenth century.

At some points they dance to vocal and percussion music, these points are called kuse or kiri.

This step signifies the wind from the east to the west.

And this step indicates the wave of the ocean.

Noh Mai dances are put together by a series of forms.

Forms are patterns of body movements that are done elegantly and with beauty.

This is Awasegaeshi is a spectacular step in dances for women.

in which the dancer aligns her left hand with her right, which is holding a fan and pointing away from her body, and then swings both hands in front of her in a figure of eight.

The dance also consist of opening and closing of the fan.

Women cover their faces with the fan as a sign of shyness.

This step means falling of the cherry blossoms.

and this step signifies the unity and or oneness of the Japanese.

but this also mean as the blooming of flowers.

A variation of the Mai style of Japanese dance is the Kyomai or Kyoto-style dance.

Kyomai developed in the 17th century Tokugawa cultural period.

It is heavily influenced by the elegance and sophistication of the manners often associated with the Imperial court in Kyoto.

Fan is just one of the props used in dancing.

Fans are used to represent various ideas and objects.

This one is Kabuki It is a classical Japanese dance-drama.

Kabuki theater is known for the stylization of its drama and for the elaborate make-up worn by some of its performers.

The dancers are doing the butterfly step.

This is a story about the separation of the couple.

Time past by and the lady has moves on.

And begun socializing.

Kabuki began in 1603, when Izumo no Okuni, began performing a new style of dance drama in the dry riverbeds of Kyoto.

This another type of Japanese traditional dance The Bon Dance It is a dance performed during Obon.

It is originally to welcome the spirits of the dead.

During the dance, the people that gathered around the yagura move either counter clockwise or clock wise The movements and gestures in a bon dance often depict the history, work or geography of the region.

This is a pokemon dance – the modern dance in Obon.

This dance involves clapping and turning around.

Yukata is what they wear while dancing.

so, that's it for the traditional dance of Japan :).

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