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Bugaku: Japanese Court Dance

Bugaku, Japanese Court Dance, is accompanied by gagaku, the “elegant music” of the Imperial Court. This ancient art was imported to Japan as early as the 7th century, primarily from China and Korea. Refined and preserved in Japan since that time, it is the oldest extant orchestral music in the world. Musicians and dancers are spectacularly costumed and performances are traditionally given outside on formal stages in beautiful settings.

Arawana Hayashi offers audiences a rare opportunity to see this unique and ancient art form. She is one of the few holders of the lineage of bugaku outside of Japan. She began her intensive study in 1977, and was trained in the traditional style by Suenobu Togi. Mr. Togi, whose family has been in the Kuniacho, the Japanese Imperial Household Agency Music Department in Tokyo, for over 1000 years, was on the faculty of the University of California in Los Angeles from 1967-1993.