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Okinawan culture Ryukyu Traditional Arts Sanshin and Dance 2023

  • Organization : office IKD Co., Ltd.
  • Section : None
  • Type of Grant Program : Single


Hands-on experience event
Ryukyu Traditional Arts Sanshin and Dance

Number of practical skill sessions per participant (including presentation/rehearsals for presentation)
12 sessions

Principal instructors
Natsuko Akamine, Maki Akamine (Ryukyu buyo dance)
Takumi Hosokawa (sanshin)

Event features
(1) Beginners’ course
Dance: Wearing practice kimono, participants will start by learning how to hold a fan and how to walk, and then master Kajadi-fu, which is one of the basics of Ryukyu buyo dance.
Sanshin: Participants will start by learning how to hold the instrument and the basics of how to read KunKunshi, before moving on to master Ahabushi.
(2) Intermediate course
Dance: Participants will master Chijuya, which features a distinctive hand movement called konerite, in which the hands are turned gracefully at the wrists.
Sanshin: Participants will master Kajadi-fu.
After 10 practice sessions, there will be a presentation, with participants taking part in a rehearsal ahead of their stage performance and then actually giving a performance on stage in costume and makeup.

Publicity methods for the recruitment of participants (collaboration, cooperation, networking, etc.)
As well as placing an announcement regarding the recruitment of participants in the Minato City newsletter, we will use social media to recruit participants.

Ways to enable participants to continue with practical skills experience (other than programs covered by this grant) after the end of the event
This group holds Ryukyu buyo dance and sanshin classes for the public in Tokyo, so participants can continue learning even after the hands-on experience program ends.


office IKD Co.,Ltd.
With a Ryukyu buyo dance school in Tokyo’s Minato-ku, the group focuses on performing and teaching of Ryukyu traditional performing arts. Centering on the metropolitan Tokyo area the organization engages in the preservation and promotion of Ryukyu traditional performing arts, appearing onstage at festivals and PR events related to the culture of Okinawa and countries outside Japan.


Maki Akamine
office IKD Co.,Ltd.
B1, 5-12-15, Shiba, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81-(0)3-6206-8433
E-mail: hachiyoryu.kanto84@gmail.com


Salon725, Minato City, Tokyo
Minato City Center for Traditional Culture, Minato City, Tokyo
Curian Hall, Shinagawa City, Tokyo