“Anyone can enjoy being be a tap dancer in their daily life; all you have to do is casually make a rhythm with your feet when you’re walking down the street,” Japan’s leading exponent of the art, Kazunori Kumagai, insists — seemingly oblivious to the gulf between him and most of the rest of clod-hopping humanity.

“I believe if people did it as part of their daily lives for fun, the world would be much happier,” the 36-year-old New York resident adds with a laugh.

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