Tag - dance



Kazumi, lead dancer and producer of Asakusa Kaguwa, brought the “neo-Japanesque” show back from the verge of disappearing after the coronavirus pandemic.
Mar 14, 2024
'Neo-Japanesque' dance show finds new life in Asakusa after pandemic
Kaguwa, which reimagines the courtesans, geishas and samurai of Japan's red-light districts, was once a major draw for overseas visitors.
Tomohiko Sato (center) wrote a book titled "Yamakei Shinsho Tokyo Bon Odori Tengoku Odoru Meguru Tanoshimu" ("Tokyo Bon Dance Heaven").
Aug 12, 2023
Tomohiko Sato: 'The only rule is to dance the way the locals do'
Tomohiko Sato may be Japan’s only “Bon-bassador,” and his love for the Bon dance makes him a true representative for this summer tradition.
Foreign entertainers are now permitted to work in event venues with a capacity of more than 100 people — including standing-only establishments — that sell food and drinks.
JAPAN / Society
Aug 1, 2023
Japan loosens requirements for entertainer visas
Entertainers earning more than ¥500,000 or more per day are now able to stay for up to 30 days, an increase from 15 days.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Fukushima
Jul 10, 2023
Groups preserving folk performing arts in Fukushima struggle to find successors
Rules that had previously allowed only eldest sons to become dancers, and only men to become flutists and drummers, have been revised in some areas.
Japan Times
CULTURE / Entertainment news
Jun 25, 2023
Two Japanese dancers win gold medals at international ballet competition in U.S.
The competition was held from June 10 with around 100 dancers from 16 countries taking part.
Japan Times
Figure Skating
May 2, 2023
Kana Muramoto and Daisuke Takahashi to promote ice dance after retiring
Former world champion Takahashi's transition to ice dance in 2020 cast a spotlight on a figure skating discipline that had previously received little Japanese media attention.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Okinawa
Apr 10, 2023
Already at risk, performing arts in northern Okinawa dealt blow by pandemic
The local culture of the Yanbaru region is rich in variety, ranging from dance and theater to staff fighting and drum dancing, but relies on being handed down from generation to generation.
Japan Times
Nov 30, 2022
Japanese folk dances approved as UNESCO intangible heritage
The dances have been passed down through the generations and are performed by communities to commemorate their ancestors, pray for good harvests or rain, or seek protection from disasters.
Japan Times
Nov 7, 2022
When finding your place in Japan, you have to take the right steps
A group of dancers in Hokkaido learn that once you find your tribe, getting used to life in Japan becomes a whole lot easier.
Japan Times
Nov 1, 2022
Japanese folk performing arts set for UNESCO listing
A total of 41 folk performing arts in 24 prefectures, including bon odori summer festival dances and nenbutsu odori dances with incantations, were recommended.
Japan Times
Mar 17, 2022
Yuriko, keeper of Martha Graham’s flame, is dead at 102
A choreographer and dancer, she was associated with Graham for more than 50 years, and founded and directed the Martha Graham Ensemble, a student company.
Japan Times
Dec 29, 2021
Japanese breakdancers look ahead to Paris Olympic debut
About five decades after it developed in the nascent New York City hip-hop scene, the 2024 Paris Olympics will feature 32 breakdancers competing over two medal events.
Japan Times
Oct 26, 2021
Ballet keeping Japanese athletes on their toes
Miya Nishizono is showing Japanese athletes that ballet can inspire a well-rounded workout.
Japan Times
Oct 25, 2021
For one dancer, the Mohiniyattam became a step to unlocking a whole new world
Hiromi Maruhashi's interest in dance eventually led her to the Indian state of Kerala and a cultural exchange she is eager to show to Japan.
Japan Times
Nov 26, 2020
Yosakoi gets a second chance during Kochi hero’s birthday celebrations
There is no place that loves Sakamoto Ryoma like Kochi.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle / CHILD'S PLAY
Nov 15, 2020
Upgrade your kids’ home dance parties with a class at Studio Tron
For dance-loving children, Studio Tron is the stuff of dreams, with feel-good pop, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and kind, professional teachers.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Hiroshima
Jun 19, 2020
Traditional Hiroshima Shinto dance in peril due to coronavirus
Orders from local kagura communities — themselves grappling with the economic fallout of the pandemic — have stopped coming in.
Japan Times
Mar 30, 2020
Tokyo DJs and owners say closing clubs to curb virus is easier said than done
Clubs and bars are facing pressure to close their doors as the new coronavirus spreads throughout Japan's major cities. As a result, those who make a living from the clubbing industry are also facing tough financial prospects.
Japan Times
Feb 28, 2020
Deconstructing the avant-garde art of butoh with Taketeru Kudo
As Taketeru Kudo takes a new approach to butoh, the dancer says the art is gaining a strong following overseas.
Japan Times
Feb 13, 2020
Japanese students take idol worship to a whole new level
Take a look at the world of Unidol, in which teams of Japanese university students emulate the moves of pop groups in a battle to be the greatest idol copy dance club.


Traditional folk rituals like Mizudome-no-mai (dance to stop the rain) provide a sense of agency to a population that feels largely powerless in the face of the climate crisis.
As climate extremes intensify, Japan embraces ancient weather rituals