The kimono is Japan’s traditional dress. With its flamboyant and intricate designs, this unique attire is known all around the world. There are cultural events where you can both admire and wear a kimono. These events are demonstrations of Japanese traditional dance and folk dance.
These traditional dance performances give the viewers the occasion to see the graceful movements of the performers, as well as admire the beauty of their garments.
The traditional dance has co-existed historically and developed along with Kabuki (a traditional type of Japanese theatre), originating in the culture of Edo Period (1603-1868). The Folk dance culture is longer than other traditional dance practices. It uses amusing folk songs such as fishermen’s drinking songs, and work songs that contain prayers for rain and a good harvest.
This article features a traditional Japanese dance school, where you can learn about the history of these two dance forms at your leisure. The school is called Shin Nihon Buyō Kyōshitsu Fukagawa Odori (The New Japanese Traditional Dance “Fukagawa Odori” School), and it teaches Japanese dance classes in its branches in Monzennakachō and Kōenji (Tokyo).