Tokyo, Japan – Japan will be the site of the Olympics in July and August 2021, and the Games will welcome athletes and spectators from all over the globe in-person and on television. The Land of the Rising Sun is sure to be a destination for millions around the world and dance instructor Otomo Chisato wants to share one of the country’s oldest traditional dances with others before the Summer Games begin.
Chisato offers online Bon Dance courses through Udemy, enabling remote learners to master the art of the ceremonial dance. The Bon Dance is performed during the Obon Festival during the month of August. The Bon Dance lesson is the introductory part of Chisato’s Japanese dance lecture series known as “Bon Odori”.
The Japanese Buddhist festival honors ancestorial spirits. Today, the Obon Festival is a family event and a reunion that brings individuals back to their family homes to visit and remember their ancestors. During the festivities, a traditional dance is performed, known as the Bon Dance to honor those who have passed.
Through online learning courtesy of Udemy, Chisato teaches learners the intricacies of the traditional Bon Dance. Japan is a country with numerous traditional dances and the Bon is one of the most important. Through the course of the 32-minute learning video, Chisato will instruct learners on the spirituality and the uniqueness of the movements.
“I want you to know the spirituality of Japanese people through Bon Dance,” Chisato said. “Learning the sacred dance not only teaches an individual about Japanese culture, but it allows them to grow themselves in spite of the current travel restrictions.”
Chisato will add additional advanced Japanese dance courses to the Udemy series in the future allowing learners to continually increasing their knowledge of Japanese traditional dances. The Bon Dance lesson is the introductory part of Chisato’s Japanese dance lecture series known as “Bon Odori”. There will also be lessons on Geisha Dance, Kabuki Dance, and folk dance, which are popular styles for foreigner learners.
“Let’s learn Japanese dance, come to Japan after the coronavirus ends, wear a kimono, and transform into a geisha and dance together,” Chisato exclaimed.
The online Bon Dance course is for anyone regardless if they have previous knowledge of the festival or dance. The course is can be accessed at any time by online learners, allowing them to come back to the lessons when needed. Learners will receive a certificate of completion once finishing the Bon Dance course on Udemy.
For more information on the Bon Dance course taught by Otomo Chisato, please visit its official Udemy page.
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