Every year, my Gagaku troupe holds a torchlight traditional dance event (Kagari no Bugaku) on August 4th at the Shitenoji temple in Tenoji, Osaka. The Heian period dances in the torchlight are really beautify, so I always wanted to join this atmospheric event. And finally I reached my dream: this year I will take part for the first time! I am so glad! I will practice a lot. The event takes place in front of the Golden Pagoda, so it is right in the heart of the temple, but visitors will need a ticket to enter.
Bugaku is the traditional Japanese Gagaku with dance. It originally came to Japan in the Nara period and has an over 1000 year old tradition at the Shitenoji temple in Osaka. Compared with the age of Bugaku, the Kagari no Bugaku (traditional dance with torchlight) is quite young. It started only in modern times. But the beautiful costumes of the Bugaku dancers in the light of the torches is an amazing, atmospheric experience. Before I have watched this event, but it is my first time to take part and play at it. I am so very much looking forward to it.
The torchlight traditional dance event will start on the 4th of August at 7 p.m. in front of the lecture hall. That is in the enclosed space with the 5 level tower and the golden pagoda at the Shitenoji temple. The entrance fee will be 1000 yen for adults. As seats are limited, please try to get a ticket early. If you are a members of the Smith’s English school, I can try to get tickets for you beforehand, so please inform me in time.
Other blogs about my hobby Gagaku:
Shoryoe – the most important event with Gagaku at Shitenoji