Dance & Drama from Japan (Kagura)
Experience the ancient art of Kagura that has been performed at Shinto shrines in Japan for centuries. Kagura (meaning "gods' entertainment" in Japanese) is believed to bring mortal and immortal together in a celebration of life. This sacred yet down-to-earth performing art reveals much about Japanese culture and tradition. Surapsari, a native of Japan and accomplished performing artist, takes the audience to the world of Japanese myths full of wonder. Meet Lucky Gods and Goddesses who bring joy and happiness to people. Try on the mask of Hyottoko (the Funny Man) or Okame (Hyottoko's wife) and dance merrily with Surapsari. Enjoy the dance-drama, Orochi (the multi-headed evil serpent) based on Japan's oldest myth. Learn about Shintoism, Japan's indigenous religion that acknowledges and respects divine spirits in nature.