Saturday, July 5, 2008

Traditional Japanese Dance

Two weeks ago I got the chance to see some traditional Japanese dancing. My friend Sue's mother was performing at the library/cultural center here in Tahara. The performance went on for over three hours and the place was packed, but there was a festive air to the event rather than the stuffy atmosphere you get with the ballet back home. Perhaps it was the small town nature of it. The kimono were breathtaking, the sets amazing, and the dancing very evocative. I really enjoyed it.

Pre-preformance pic. Also pre-wig.

They had very elaborate sets which they changed for each dance.

Afterwards with Saori, Sue, Miwa, Vanessa, me and Sue's mom.

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