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Deer Dance: Fantastic Folk Traditions from Japan
July 17, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Regional and folk traditions have played a vital role in strengthening and building communities, uniting people through a powerful connection that transcends time and distance. In the Tohoku region of northeastern Japan, this connection to tradition, culture, and community has especially been revisited following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami which destroyed large portions of Tohoku and led to widespread loss of life, property, and livelihood. Survivors have shown remarkable resilience in the face of loss, overcoming adversity and rebuilding their community through the revitalization of their traditional culture, ensuring it is carried on by future generations and never forgotten.
In a special night celebrating the beauty and diversity of regional folk customs from Japan, prominent organizations dedicated to restoring and preserving traditional Tohoku culture—visual design studio WOW, Tokyo Shishiodori, Gyouzanryu Maikawa Shishiodori, and Tateito-yokoito—will come together to discuss the role that regional traditions have played in strengthening the bonds of community after the 2011 devastation and present a live performance of Shishi-Odori (‘Deer Dance’).
Following the performance, Tokyo Shishiodori, Gyouzanryu Maikawa Shishiodori, and Tateito-yokoito founders Shutaro Koiwa and Masaya Yamada, will join in an intimate conversation about the rich traditions of Japanese dance and folk art, with special attention to the characteristics and flavors of the Tohoku region in northeastern Japan. The evening will conclude with a short Q&A and a viewing of the costumes on display.