What you'll do
You will dress up in a yukata—a light summer kimono—and learn the Bon Odori dance. The origin of Bon Odori dates back to the Heian era, when a monk named Kuya chanted in rhythm to have people remember Nembutsu—a popular Buddhist chant. This eventually became the Nembutsu dance that then spread to the people and the Bon Festival, a celebration that honors the spirits of ancestors. In the Kamakura period, Bon dance evolved into a traditional art and it became entertainment for the people. Nowadays, we enjoy the Bon dance at summer festivals, where we organize a turret or raised platform in the center, and people sing traditional folk songs, dance, and play music. For this experience, we will begin by lending you a yukata and Yuki will teach you how to wear it. If you already have a yukata of your own, you can bring it. After this, we will explain the Bon dance and show you how to do it. You won't need any dance experience to try it—let's circle and dance happily together.
Yumi , Yuki, Koito
Yuki, a Jiutamai dancer since 2004. When I was a stage actress, I was fascinated by period dramas. Japanese dance is essential for the dramas, so I started to learn Jiutamai. It's based on the movement of nature of human beings, so as acting. That's why I was into it and I believe anyone can enjoy the dance. Through cultural experiences of dance wearing Yukata, you can feel your spine stretched out and your heart would calm down. Feel Japanese traditional beauty with the heart! I've been organized dance workshop and some events to share the traditional performing arts to foreigners.
Yukata for dance lesson We'll lend you a summer right kimono called Yukata for this experience.
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Where you'll be
We'll meet at SIONE, a traditional historic house near Ginkakuji Temple surrounded by the seasonal beauty of Kyoto. We'll spend an emotionally fulfilling time together in this calming environment to creatively explore and stimulate all five of the senses.
Things to keep in mind
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Up to 5 guests ages 2 and up can attend. Children can participate in the Bon dance, but the lending of the yukata and dressing lessons will only be available for adults.
Our rental kimono is available to wear within our location.
Perform a dance in traditional attire
£37 / person
£37 / person