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Flamenco — the exuberant dance form originating from Andalusia in southern Spain — has long thrived in Japan, with many of the greats traveling here to perform. There is even a popular claim that Japan has more flamenco academies than Spain.

“In this country flamenco took hold a long time ago, though it’s not only about dance and music styles,” says avant-garde flamenco dancer Israel Galvan. “Many Japanese love flamenco culture, and they try to grasp its essence in their lives. So I can say that flamenco is vibrantly alive here.”

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