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.