JAPANESE CLASSICAL DANCE (NIHON BUYO)

The sorts of Nihon buyo
Doujoji Buyo
Main repertoire: Musume Dojoji , Keisei Dojoji , Kisyu Dojoji , Keisei Dojoji , Kaneno Misaki
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Musume dojoji is one of the classical of the Japanese dance repertoire, with dramatic staging and beautiful costumes. It is based on a legend concerning Dojoji temple in Wakayama Prefecture. A young woman, Kiyohime, falls in love with a handsome young monk, Anchin. She pursues him , but of course he flees, not wishing to break his monastic vows, and hides inside a giant temple bell. The spurned Kiyohime is transformed by her frustration and anger into a giant white snake. She wraps her coils around the bell and melts it, killing herself and her beloved Anchin inside.
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Henge Buyo
Main repertoire: Fuji Musume , Sagi Musume , Shiokumi
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It's a dancer of one dance play by an actor making a quick costume change repeatedly danced disguised as a different duty by an instant change of role in sequence ,It was popular in the late Edo period. It has become a song that was independently for each character.
Fujimusume is fairy of wisteria. It show us the various expression so young daughter and sex appeal elegant and cuteness.It is staged as a dancing work most frequently and is one of the works liked by all people.
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Sanbasou Buyo
Main repertoire: Ayatsuri Sanbasou
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Ayatsuri Sanbasou is often set apart from the other dances that fall under the "Sanbasou"theme. It differs from the Sanbasou dances that originate from the Noh version in that this dance is based on the imaginative concept of Sanbasou performing the dance as a puppet who is manipulated by strings. The ability of the performer to express marionette-like movements through uninhibited technique and actions is the main appeal of this dance. However,this piece is full of other appealing features, such as the rhythmical quick tempo, and the bright, flashy choreography.

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Tanzen Buyo
Main repertoire: Suisen tanzen
Suisentanzen_photo This is an traditional dance of a group of young, handsome men and includes the spear dance as a component of this dance.
Bathhouses were popular (from about 1825) in the Edo era in the early period of Edo era and took in the manners and customs for show of men who went for the maid at hot springs in Kabuki.
It waves its hand and is a showy performance to step forward to the foot, and to walk.
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Syakkyou Buyo
Main repertoire: Syuuchaku jishi , Ren jishi , Kagami jishi
Renjishi
RENJISHI (Father and Son Lion Dance)
Two entertainers dance a tale of the legendary shishi or lion-like spirits that live at the foot of a holy Buddhist mountain. Later, the shishi themselves appear and perform their dance with wild shaking of their long manes. The dance shows a parent shishi forcing his cub to undergo harsh training in order to grow up strong. This theme is often associated with the training a parent actor gives his son.


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Kyouran Buyo
Main repertoire:Sumidagawa , Ninin Wankyu , Yasuna
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Yasuna is the story of Onmyoji walking wandering in a state of crazy in the loss of his fiance. Changes as he dances with the crazy at the loss of his love. He is seeking the remnants of her over the shoulder of a short-sleeved kimono late lover and He wanderin the field side of the spring blooming of rape blossoms today. This is representative of the genre of dance crazed.       
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Matsukaze Buyo
Main repertoire:Hamamatsukaze,Shiokumi
Menjishi
The woman called Matsukaze was ardently in love with a man called YUKIHIRA and died. Her ghost does satanophany in maid KOFUJI and is out of order and wanders.
There is the Kabuki-like highlight using the small tools such as a sword, an oar, a rope, the folding fan, too.
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Matsubame Buyo
Main repertoire:Syo-jou, Ninin Syo-jou, Gonin Syo-jou
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SHO-JYO , NININ SHO-JYO

"The Two Sea Monkeys" is based on the Noh dance entitled, "Sea Monkey" but is finished in a more light-hearted manner.
This dance portrays mythical sea monkeys dynamically drinking from large sake goblets and dancing the sea monkey dance. The dance duet performed by the two dancers will surely be a sight to see.

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Kaomise Buyo
Main repertoire:Yamauba , Utsubozaru
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UTSUBOZARU

In front of Narutakihachiman, a female lord captures a monkey who wanders into the shrine and asks the monkey trainer to sell her the monkey so that she can use its skin to make a leather quiver. At first, the monkey trainer refuses, but when the lord places an arrow in her bow to kill the monkey, the monkey trainer is left no choice and reluctantly agrees to part with his monkey. The monkey trainer begins to sing a last farewell song and the monkey, not even knowing that his death draws near, begins to dance to the song, pretending to row a boat. The female lord is deeply moved by this performance and decides to spare the monkey's life, bringing a happy ending to this dance.

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Fuuzoku Buyo
Main repertoire:Noriaibune
NORIAIBUNE

It is the New Year's Season. There is a passenger boat traveling along the Sumida River carrying seven passengers - the manzai Tayu, his partner Saizou,a carpenter, a white sake vendor, a geisha, a playboy, and the female boatman. In this dance, the seven passengers' dances are likened to the Seven Deities of Good Fortune as each of them perform a dance. The customs and social life of the time are superbly portrayed in this song.

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Keihan no Zashikimai【Jiuta-mai】
Main repertoire:Yuki , Kanawa , Yashima
Dancing with a technique contrastive with kabuki dancing of Edo.
Kabuki dancing has developed with theater dancing.
On the other hand, “Keihannozashikimai”(drawing room dancing of Keihan) developed as indoor dancing of a licensed pleasure quarter, being based on Noh, Kabuki, Ningyo joruri, etc.
It is graceful and calm dancing is the feature. There are many programs expressing female psychology and they are expressing deep feelings by dancing.
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