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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Performance Preview Part Two

This is the performance review part two for the upcoming stage performance on March 17.

The opening dance is a court dance called Wakashu Kuti Bushi.
The lyrics of the music are adopted from the Japanese tanka classic Kokinwakashu, and go, 
"Each year with the advent of spring, the pine foliage increases in beauty."
As the pine is an evergreen, the song carries the wish that human life be as eternal as the pine's greenery.

This celebratory dance was performed at the Royal Court to open celebratory 
events during the Ryukyu Kingdom Era.

Wakashu Kuti Bushi (Japanese: Wakashu Kotei Bushi)
Wakashu, the term for young boys, refers to those who
have yet to undergo the coming of age ceremony and are 14 or 15 years old.
This photo was taken by Larry Fisher, who holds its copyright.

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