Passed down for generations on the island, Ogi Okesa is the original folk song on which the famous Sado Okesa is based. During the Edo period (circa 1600 to the mid 1800s), the town of Ogi flourished as a trade port where Kitamaebune ships that sailed the Japan Sea stopped in great numbers to load and unload both cargo and culture. The Ogi Okesa is thought to have evolved from Kyushu’s Hanya-bushi brought to Sado during that time and adapted by local Ogi geisha into a zashiki dance. After the Shiroyama Concert on the 24th, come down the hill to find an Ogi Okesa dance circle starting in the streets. Come join in and enjoy a special session of music and dance that you can only experience on Sado.
Taking over for the Ogi Okesakai in 1973, the Ogi Sazanamikai was formed to preserve and continue Sado Island’s folk songs. Primarily they take part in local festivals and events, introduce these traditional arts to tourists, and provide instruction in folk songs. In peak season, you can sometimes hear the Ogi Okesa greet you as you get off the ferry, and find dancers at the island gateway welcoming tourists.
- Workshop No.
- Please choose one course from (4) to (7)
- (4) Taiko
- (5) Flute
- (6) Song
- (7) Dance
- Date & Time:
- Aug. 24 (Sat) (4) – (6) 13:00 – 15:30
(7) 14:30 – 15:30
- Rito Centre 3F
- Participation Fee:
- (4) – (6) 2,000 yen (Flutes/drumsticks will be lent to participants)
(7) 1,000 yen
- Ages 6 & over,
Taiko: 5-6 people / Flute, song: approx. 10 people each / Dance: approx. 40 people
- Ogi Sazanamikai (Sado)
- Workshop conducted in Japanese only.
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To take part in a workshop, please see the page below.