Nihon Buyo (Japanese Traditional Dance)
Buyo has its time been together with the human history all along.





What is Nihon Buyo?






Nihon Buyo has been improved as performing art on stage and that is the different point from most traditional dances such as Gagaku or Bugaku performed at the imperial court, Kagura or Dengaku performed at the sacred festival, or the folk dances such as Nenbutsu Odori or Bon Odori which people dance at the local festival or ceremonies.







Nihon Buyo has almost 400 years history. It is said that Izumo no Okuni’s performance in Kyoto is the origin of Kabuki and it has been changing its style to Wakasyu Kabuki or Yaro Kabuki. In the Genroku era, the dance was improved into its own unique postures taking influence of Noh which is also one of the Japanese traditional dances.







The history of Nihon Buyo is always together with the history of Kabuki.






日本舞踊の衣装は着物です。着物は日本の民族衣装というだけでなく、日本舞踊の表現を支えています。 人体の曲線を覆い、手足のなめらかな表現を際立たせることができます

The costume of Nihon Buyo is Kimono. Kimono is not only the Japanese traditional clothing but also an important element of expression of Nihon Buyo. Kimono covers curved line of human body and emphasizes dancerʼs exquisite movement of their arms and legs.


















Nihon Buyo



Nihon Buyo dancers are required steady lessens. The dancers perform their skills on the stage wearing gorgeous costumes, makeup, wigs, and masks and also using stage properties. So, Nihon Buyo is one of the performing art and the entertainment and is the Japanese traditional art.


















Suodori is also called “Su” which means dance without wearing special costumes, makeup, wigs or masks. The costume is Montsuki-hakama (formal kimono with family crest symbol with a separated skirt) and with no makeup. The stage setting is also simple, with a folding screen or a big painted screen, sometimes with standing trees. Because of those simple surroundings, the dancers must express everything with their dance only and that is why Suodori requires the great skills of dancers.















Sosaku Buyo (original dance)



Since early in the 20th century, taking the influence of the cultures from foreign countries, Nihon Buyo has been creating the new style of dance while remaining
the traditional classic dance itself. The number of programs of Sosaku Buyo is increasing recently.









日本舞踊  筑紫流  Tsukushi-Ryu