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Nihon Buyo

Post by IG Team » Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:02 pm

Koumitsu:

I know, I know...old thread...oh well, I like reading them :) Yeah, another super long post...

I have some things that might help you get started...erm...what Japanese dance is called in Japanese is "Nihon Buyou" (This will probably help you on your search.) There are different styles, such as "Wakayagi" "Hanayagi" "Bando" etc.
http://www.wanogakkou.com/culture/020000/020600_e.html
http://www09.u-page.so-net.ne.jp/qb3/ra ... buyou.html

The lady that teaches the Geiko *fixed it* in Gion will be called "Yachiyo Inoue the X" (X being the 4th, 5th, whatever number they are on now...) of the Inoue School. They dance "Kyoumai."
http://www.asahi.com/english/weekend/K2 ... 00061.html

I haven't found many sites on it yet...sigh...I suppose no one wants to let you learn for free...they all advertise classes...but what about the people who just can't find classes in their area! (We don't all live in LA!) Here are some that I have found that are kinda sorta helpful in a round about way....it seems to find a teacher, you have to talk to Japanese people (they don't seem to be in the phonebook or advertise :P)...

The fan (Maiougi or just ougi. It is different from other Japanese fans, and its about 11-12 inches long. You can buy one for about $30US at Cocoro *see collectibles post* which is the cheapest I've found that you can buy from the states. NOTE: Their prices are in Canadian dollars...so it seems like a lot, but it's not that much when you convert it to US dollars) is most important in Nihon Buyou. It is to be treated with respect and never used to "fan" yourself. Here is some information about the fan. When dancing the "kaname" must always be hidden by the fingers. I don't know why...maybe it is something to help balance the fan? Or some kind of tradition?
http://www.1stchoicejapan.com/english/c ... bout.phtml


This lady actually has a diagram of a dance (odori or mai)...but I suppose you need to know the moves...it's neat anyway. It has the words to "Harusame" (a kouta. the name means, "Spring Rain" I wonder if this is in Ms. Dalby's book? I wonder if she mentions the dance to go with it in the book at all?) a beginning dance (at least in the Bando style)...but these are in Japanese...She says the song that is playing on the web page is called, "Eighigo Shishi (lion of Echigo)." <-She says that one is a nagauta.
http://www.ne.jp/asahi/hato/mugi/kokoro-16.htm

I could only find one video...and I have no idea what/who is on it, but it is the only VHS/DVD that came up in a search for "Nihon Buyou." It is called "Crown Hougaku Buyou Kyoukai Kadai Kyoku Buyou Shuu" (which translates to "Crown Society of Traditional Music and Dance: Theme Songs, Dance Collection") I will find out in about 2-3 weeks, though :) Here is the link for it...
http://www.amazon.co.jp/exec/obidos/ASI ... X1WQWVHV42

Again, a handy translator for Japanese text (I use this to figure out what I need to cut and paste into the search box for the Amazon.com Japan and Yahoo Japan):
http://linear.mv.com/cgi-bin/j-e/dosear ... &fg=w&S=26

Other strange tidbits of info I've found out about:
*Feet should always be /\ (toes touching, heels aparts when they are together). When walking the left foot is mostly at an angle, ./ the trailing right foot will be at this angle \ with the toe at about the arch of the left foot...and then vice versa...posture should be straight...knees bent. shoulders relaxed...hands, when not posing or something, on the lap, fingers always kept together.

I guess going to Nihon Buyou classes in Japan cost a fortune...thus the lack of how-to-books...why write a book when you can charge a fortune with classes? (There may be a book that does...I haven't found one that teaches dance, though :( Just one that explains how to appreciate dance...and it was in Japanese...hard Japanese...so it's sitting here collecting dust. Not very many pictures...not recommended. )

The best way to look on the internet for a teacher is to go and find Japanese festivals and then they will have some dancers...and then you have to try and email the place that held the festival and hope they write back and can give you info...Buddhist churches are a good place to ask, too (and they are in the phone book)...but you won't find out about classes from the church web page most of the time :( (But the best way is to go around and ask Japanese people here. They seem to have some kind of network...shrug. Anime people of Japanese descent might know, too...or their mothers...)
Good luck!

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Re: Nihon Buyo

Post by IG Team » Tue Aug 23, 2016 6:02 pm

Koumitsu:

I found a dance teacher! Her name is Mitsuhiro Bando :) Let me know if anyone else wants to take dance (Nihon Buyou) on the West Coast :) She teaches in LA, San Diego, Monterey, (<- that's all in CA) and in Tacoma, WA!

I found a teacher for NY people (it was the only person I could find on the East Coast on the web...):
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So I am happy, happy :) official deshi (apprentice)!

In my eternal quest for cool kimono pictures, I found these:

http://www.onoedance.com/index.html
On this site, the person says that they will travel anywhere in the continental US to teach large classes (they define large as 10 or more)...they seem to be on the East Coast....wouldn't it be neat for that convention thing Gypsychilde mentioned in her post about Shofuso?

http://www.japanesefolkdance.org/
Another NY dance teacher, but this one teaches folk dance, not classical...and the pics are really colorful!

http://www.wakanausa.com/WakanaHome.htm
Another LA teacher (the one featured on the Geisha Guy's page). Lots of neat pics :)

http://groups.msn.com/AmericanKabukiGirl
A page that makes me green with envy! She's an American (just like us) who's a certified Japanese dance teacher! Lots of gorgeous kimono pictures (stage costumes!)

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