In Southern Alberta, most Japanese dancing is referred to as odori. Odori is one of two main types of Japanese dancing, involving mostly women, in graceful, synchronized movements, either individually or in groups. The second form of dance is mai.

Mai is a more static form associated with noh (musical drama), and odori is a more dynamic form related to kabuki (theater forms). Kabuki dancing grew out of various folk dances that became popular starting around the 15th or 16th Century.

Odori is an important part of the Obon (Festival of Souls). For more information, go to Obon in the “Festivals” section.

Obon dancing in Galt Gardens, Lethbridge ca. 2002

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