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The uniqueness of Japan's ryukyuan dance (a film shot)

This performance by the Okinawa traditional dance and music group, Japan was firstly showcased in my home city and Vietnam as well at the biennial Hue Festival (Vietnam's biggest showcase of arts, music and dance).


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Long ago in Okinawa's past, when it was known as the Ryukyu Kingdom, Okinawa enjoyed an era of wealth and prosperity built up through intermediary trade with China, Southeast Asia, Japan, and other lands. Okinawa absorbed much from various different cultures and developed its own distinctive court culture. The traditional performing arts of Okinawa symbolize that culture.


Ryukyuan dance can be divided into four main categories: Classical dance, which is also referred to as court dance; Zo Odori, which depicts the lives of the common people; modern choreography, which was created by dancers in the modern era; and folk dances, which has been passed down in every locality. (Japan Foundation)

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Taken on May 7, 2009