About Nihonbuyo

Nihon-Buyo (Japanese Traditional Dance) was originated from Kabuki, a classical Japanese drama in about 400 years ago. In 1603, the year in which Ieyasu Tokugawa established the Tokugawa Shogunate, Kabuki began with a woman named Okuni from Izumo, the old name of Shimane Prefecture area, to perform Okuni Kabuki in Shijo-Kawaramachi of Kyoto, Japan. Kabuki comprises of two parts: the drama component which incorporates speech with motion; and the dance component. Dance choreographers of Kabuki later became independent as grandmasters in local towns and taught ordinary people dance pieces. It gained popularity in the society and marked the beginning of Nihon-Buyo.
There are five major schools in Nihon-Buyo, including Nishikawa-Ryu, Hanayagi-Ryu, Bandou-Ryu, Fujima-Ryu and Wakayagi-Ryu. All five schools come from long traditions and are very famous.
The images of Nihon-Buyo are often old and stiff, but it actually depicts the seasons of Japan, nature, human relationships, romance and daily lives from music, lyrics and motions. With its emphasis on graceful movements and refined demeanour, Nihon-Buyo shows the spirit of Japanese culture. Another uniqueness of Nihon-Buyo is to cooperate with traditional Japanese music. The traditional Japanese music contains Shamisen (three-stringed musical instruments), Taiko (Japanese drum) and other various Japanese instruments which you will experience a new world of performing arts.

I love kimono, but I don’t have a chance to wear it and I can’t wear it myself.

You will be able to dress while learning Nihon-buyo, and you will become a kimono beauty. There will be more opportunities to go out in kimono, for such as to see a Nihon-buyo performances, parties, and gatherings.

I want to leave work, housework, and child-rearing and make a fulfilling time for myself.

As you practice with your head and body, you will enrich your mind and improve your sensitivity, imagination, and expressiveness.

I’m interested in Japanese culture.

It is also useful for international exchange while conveying the culture of your own country.

You can enjoy it as if you were exercising even as you get older.

Our inner muscles get trained by repeating movements using the muscles of the whole body with the middle waist and rubbing legs.