中野七頭舞 Nakano Nanatsumai

Have been to 立川 (Tachikawa) to see the performance called 中野七頭舞 (Nakano Nanatsumai) today. I have been invited by my home stay’s family to go and see their daughter’s first debut on the dance.

Their daughter is studying in 東京賢治の学校 (Tokyo Kenji No Gakkou) which is using the Freie Waldorfschule system in their teaching. And their school is having this kind of road show of dance at Tachikawa every years. They held this event at the 夏祭り (Natsumatsuri) in Tachikawa. The student will start getting involve in performing in this dance once they have entering their 4th years of study at the school.

The story of the dance is that once the god from heaven have gave 7 legendary Items to we human. And with those 7 Items, Human protect themselves from wilds animals, getting crops harvested, and to cure people’s tiredness from harvesting crops and preparing the new mood for another crop plantation. And at the ends of the dance, it show that the process which we returning those item to the god thankfully.

I was able to reach the venue by time which is about 2.00 p.m. and can watch the whole dance process. I personally categorized it as somewhat like Opera show from China. I liked their cloth and their weapons. Didn’t really watched the Real/Original Nakano Nanatsumai before but think it is not so bad. It really have the feeling of the old cultural of Japan.

Below is the video of part of the dance that I recorded using my crappy Iphone:

I personally think that Japan is great at maintaining their own cultures in the meanwhile, improving their technologies on electronic products. Unlike Malaysia or chinese (Which I am one myself). We often thrown away our own cultures in order to maintain the new life occurred in our surroundings.

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