“Learning Shishi Odori” by Kenta Nakagome
Learning Kanatsu-ryu Yanagawa Shishi Odori in Iwate
From September 5 through 8, seven Kodo performers (Masaru, Eri, Yuta, Tetsumi, Ryosuke, Naoya and I) went to Esashi in Iwate to learn Kanatsu-ryu Yanagawa Shishi Odori (deer dance) from the locals who uphold this traditional performing art.
(Left) We learned how to make sasara (bamboo props)
(Right) Masaru was allowed to dance with them in costume
The locals taught us in a very strict yet warm manner and conveyed to us their strong, passionate feelings towards their dance. Our connection with them has lasted since the days of our antecedent group Sado no Kuni Ondekoza. We will continue to treasure this relationship and dance this dance with dedication in the years to come, too.
Thank you Kanatsu-ryu Yanagawa Shishi Odori members!