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Kyomai and Postwar Japan: Construction of Cultural Memory in Kyoto

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Published on Jan 27, 2014

Lecture Date: January 23, 2014
Speaker: Mariko Okada, CJS Visiting Scholar, Japanese Performing Arts

"Kyomai" literally means dance of Kyoto--the Japanese city known for its cultural tourism. The word "kyomai" was invented a century after the dance was created, and was popularized after World War II mainly through the Japanese policy on cultural preservation. What have people seen and felt in the word, "kyomai"? Its popularization was deeply related to the image of Kyoto, which has been cultivated as an ancient capital. It is also directly connected with Japan's postwar self-portrait as a country with a long history. Mariko Okada examines the association between the dance and Japanese identity, as constructed after 1945.

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