Mid-week pondering

I was just reading recently about this great event happening this week in London and other places

in the UK….

The dance/performances and events  are organised by the The Japan Foundation who invited  the Oshu Kanatsu-Ryu Shishi-Odori Dance Troupe to perform their vibrant dance in the United Kingdom. Shishi-Odori is a popular folk performing art in the Tohoku (north-east) region of Japan, an area struck by the Great East Japan Earthquake last year.

In the performance, dancers beat a taiko drum hung at the waist, wear carved wooden shishi-gashira (deer mask) adorned with real deer horns and carry long sasara on their backs. Handed down from generation to generation, Shishi-Odori is performed as both a way of expressing respect towards nature and praying for the repose of ancestors’ souls.

Their dynamic and lively dance will be shown for the first time for this year’s Mayor’s Thames Festival to offer prayers for the victims of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami as well as to demonstrate the vital art from the Tohoku region where the richness of cultural heritage is still evident.

The dance/performance of this particular event reminds me how art in its endless forms can heal and put emphasis on feelings such as compassion and empathy…The magic can happen and connect people…. I definitely recommend  to experience this to anyone in the area or that may come across the Oshu Kanatsu-Ryu Shishi-Odori Dance Troupe in the future:)


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