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What you need to bring
- English (Intermediate)
- 日本語 (Fluent)
Presently, I teach Japanese “Buyo” around Asakusa.
In the past, I made a name for myself as an actress after practicing Japanese “Buyo” and drama. Today, I have a 25-year career as an entertainer. I have acted in many stage plays featuring “buyo” across Japan as well as surrounding Asian countries to master Japanese “buyo”.
Traditional “buyou” and Japanese “buyo”, which I dance, if classified is often classified as strict and formal but it is what it is. Traditional Japanese “buyo” is not like “kagura”, traditional folk entertainment, “bon odori” (a type of dance at a Japanese festival called “matsuri”), and folk songs but is a stage art that is aimed at performing on stage. A lot of the gestures and behavior of Japanese women can be learned through Japanese “buyo” – it is a compilation and the best of all that beauty.
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This was an excellent experience! I highly recommend this class. No dance skills are required, though having taken any kind of dance class before makes it easier. Don't be afraid to book it if you're by yourself: I think I had more fun as the only student than I would have otherwise. Yoko-san, the instructor, was very patient and nice. She's not fluent in English, but she has a young lady to interpret and once you get started you won't need to actually understand what she's saying for the most part.
The class itself went like this. The young lady and an older gentleman picked me up from the station and walked me to the dance studio. I picked a yukata and put it on (well, okay, they dressed me in it!). Yoko-san demonstrated the dance and we practiced it a bunch of times. Finally, she performed a much more advanced dance and then we had a little photoshoot in the yukata!
It's just around the corner from Senso-ji, so you can easily make a day of it in Asakusa with the class and the shrines. The only thing I regret is that I don't live in Asakusa and can't take her class regularly!
I have always wanting to learn Japanese traditional dance and this has finally fulfilled my dream.
Both the dance teacher & interpreter were very friendly, polite and nice.
I will definitely be back again if I ever come back to Tokyo.
This was a truly wonderful experience! Yoko helped me begin to master the grace and feel of the buyo style, and challenged me as an experienced dancer. She explained the meanings of the gestures, as well as elements of showmanship present in this apparently simple dance. The kimono was beautiful and its style integral to the movement of the dance. I will be sure to continue to practice at home, albeit without the full costume!
It was a very lovely experience! Not only did I get a chance to learn more about buyo, but also I could try on a kimono and learn more about Japanese culture! Thank you so much!
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