10/31/2013

Bon-Odori, Japanese folk dance at Morikami Museum


We had the Lantern Festival at the Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens in Florida on October 19, Saturday.

The park and museum are named after George Morikami, a native of Miyazu, Kyoto, Japan, who donated his farm to Palm Beach County to be used as a park. George Morikami was the only member of the Yamato Colony, Florida to stay Delray Beach after World War II. The Museum was opened in 1977, in a building that is now named the Yamato-kan. The principal museum building opened in 1993. Construction of the Roji-en gardens began in 1993. The Yamato Road is also located near the Morikami Museum.

The Lantern Festival has been held in summer every summer, but as it was often hit by hurricanes or thunderstorms in summer, it is moved to October with the stable climate this year.

It was fine with comfortable breeze on the Lantern Festival.
I attended Bon-Odori, Japanese folk dancing this time. This is the picture of Bon-Odori.
Our Bon-Odiri presentation was held three times during 3-8 PM. We danced around Taiko, big Japanese drums.

Bon-Odori, Japanese folk dancing, varies from one district to another, but as many Japanese from various districts of Japan as well as American attended this dancing, we danced various Bon-Odori, Japanese folk dancing, originated from various districts.

The following are the list of the dances this time. Ms. Mihori-sensei directed us.

The First Show – Women dance
Hanagasa Ondo: Dance of Yamagata Prefecture 
- Hanagasa means type of conical hat adorned with flowers. Ondo means dance song.
Soma Bon-Uta: Dance of Fukushima Prefecture
- Bon-Uta means Bon Festival dance song.
Sakura Ondo
- Sakura means cherry blossoms.

The Second Show – Women dance
Hanagasa Ondo
Miyazu-Bushi: Dance of Kyoto Prefecture
- Miyazu is one of the sister cities of Delray Beach. Bushi means song. 
Sakura Ondo
Miyazu Ko-uta: Dance of Kyoto Prefecture
- Ko-uta means a Japanese ballad accompanied on the samisen.
Soma Bon-Uta
Tokyo Ondo

The Third Show – Men’s Dance: Women dancers dance like men
Zenkoku Go-Shonai Ondo
- Zenkoku means all Japan. Go-Chonai means town.
Nippon Daiko
- Daiko means Japanese drums.
Soran-Bush
- Soran-Bushi is a folk song for fishermen in Oshima peninsula in Hokkaido.
Soma Bon-Uta
Ohara-Bushi: Dance of Kagoshima Prefecture
Tanko-Bushi: Dance of Fukuoka Prefecture
- Tanko means coal miner.
In the Womens dance, we wore the same Yukata with double katanawa obi tying. In the Men’s dance, we wore Happi coats.

As you know, I am a kimono dresser but this time Ms. Mihori-sensei dressed all of us in yukata and she also dressed me. When the towel was about to fall down during my dressing, I kept the towel to support, but she said “Don’t touch when you are dressed”, which reminded me how I am dressed by the kimono dresser. Because I have had no chances to be dressed in the United States until this time, I was very impressed by Ms. Mihori-sensei’s kimono dressing. 
My kimono mentor in japan often said, “You can learn a lot when you are dressed by others”. We can realize many things from our various experiences.

The last photo shows the dance of Tokyo Ondo with audience. Ms. Mihori-sensei taught them how to dance. I enjoyed dancing next to her.

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