FUNDAMENTALS OF JAPANESE DANCE The most complete explanation of Japanese Dance (Kabuki Dance) and its complex movement patterns.

The most complete explanation of Japanese Dance (Kabuki Dance) and its complex movement patterns.
Japanese Dance (Nihonbuyō) developed with the evolution of Kabuki theatre and incorporates elements of folk dance, ritual, Noh theatre and, of course, the Kabuki.  It embraces the refined aesthetics of the aristocrats and of the warrior class as well as the flamboyant and colorful arts of the merchant class.  Japanese Dance is studied widely in Japan today and wherever there are large Japanese populations throughout the world.  This website will introduce you to this important book with sample pages of the text.

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The Book

Fundamentals of Japanese Dance is considered a gBibleh of Nihonbuyō in Japan, where it has gone through sixteen editions since its first publication in 1981. It offers a detailed and systematic study of the complex movement patterns, complemented by comments, and more than 1200 photographs and drawings. Fundamentals of Japanese Dance is a treasure to enlighten beginners, advanced students and teachers alike.

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Hanayagi Chiyo

Hanayagi Chiyo began her study of Japanese Dance in 1930. Since then she has been awarded many prizes for her dancing and her choreography. But above all, her passion has been to create a deeper understanding of this art and to find ways to open the world of Nihonbuyō to a broad audience through teaching, performing and writing.

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