Last year Hamakawachi Onidaiko held their first EC workshop which was very well received, so we are happy to announce that they are joining us again this year. This workshop teaches demon drumming (onidaiko), a performing art native to Sado Island. This style of demon drumming features two people dancing dynamically to a lively taiko rhythm and flute melody. Come and move your body with all of your might and feel the joy that arises from deep within.
Introducing Hamakawachi Onidaiko
Instructor: Kawachi Wakate (Sado)
Every year on April 3, the young men of Sado’s Hamakawachi perform Onidaiko to usher in the spring-festival season on the island. Hamakawachi-style Onidaiko features two demons who dance to a taiko and flute accompaniment (the locals call this dancing “drumming”). It is called Maehama-ryu Onidaiko, and it is characterized by the roso, a guide for the demons who delivers a spoken message to each house that gives the dancers an offering. Leaving the shrine at 6:00 am, the demons and a lion dance team visit about thirty homes, performing door-to-door, returning to the shrine around 8:00 pm for the climax of the festival. At the finale, the scene of people calling out “Taisho, Taisho!” with their arms around each other’s shoulders as they cheer on the dancing demons is a warm reminder that spring has come.
- Workshop No.
- Date & Time:
- Aug. 25 (Sun) 13:00 – 15:30
- Rito Centre 3F
- Participation Fee:
- 3,000 yen
- Ages 12 & over, 25 people
- Kawachi Wakate (Sado)
- Workshop conducted in Japanese only.
Please dress in loose-fitting clothing suitable for exercise. (Skirts are not recommended.)
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