Sasebo Naval Base 7th-grader performs traditional Japanese dance

Photos courtesy of Miho Reinhart
Photos courtesy of Miho Reinhart

Sasebo Naval Base 7th-grader performs traditional Japanese dance

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

Sasebo Naval Base 7th-grader Miah Reinhart recently performed traditional Japanese dancing at Arkas Sasebo Hall.

During the event hosted by the Hanayagi School of Japanese Traditional Dancing, Reinhart, 13, performed a short, lovely piece called Sakura Fubuki (blizzard of falling cherry blossom petals), dancing as a girl having fun in a blizzard of falling cherry blossoms while moving a colorful silk parasol in the shower of petals.

Reinhart said that she tried dancing elegantly to the traditional Japanese music.

Reinhart was introduced to the art of traditional Japanese dancing when she studied at a local Japanese middle school for an educational exchange program last summer. During the month-long program, she was exposed to Japanese traditional culture, including nihon buyo (traditional dances and songs), sado (tea ceremony) and shodo (calligraphy) while studying side-by-side with Japanese students.

Since last summer, Reinhart kept learning traditional dance, including recently taking two months of lessons. She said the lessons not only improved her dance performance, but also gave her a great chance to learn more about Japanese culture and manners.

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