Exploring the Japanese Legends of Yamanba and Hataori Monogatari



Sachiyo Ito, Sachiyo Ito and Company, DanceJapan, NYC, Japan, Japanese dance, Japanese legends, Kaoru Watanabe, Mari Nakano, Mariko Suzuki, Tomoko Sugawara, crane, Yamanba, Hataori Monogatari, Salon Series, Tenri

Japanese Legends: Yamanba and Hataori Monogatari

Sunday, October 4 from 3:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Tenri Cultural Institute – 43A W. 13th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues)

Admission: $15/$10 seniors and students

In Salon Series No. 53, Japanese dancer, choreographer, and instructor Sachiyo Ito will explore two major genres in Japanese legends through discussion and the presentation of two dances: Yamanba (“Old Woman in the Mountain”), a Kabuki dance in Tokiwazu music, and Tsuru no Ongaeshi
(“Return of the Gratitude by the Crane”), choreographed by Ito herself.

Japanese legends abound in Yamanba stories, which inspired plays and dances in Noh and Kabuki such as Yamanba and Adachigahara also called Kurozuka, where heroines are portrayed as Oni-baba (Demon Old woman).

The theme of “Kinshitsu” (“Do not look into my room,” or “Forbidden Room”) in Yamanba stories is shared by Tsuru no Ongaeshi, one of the most well known folk tales. Tsuru no Ongaeshi is a part of the genre Hataori (Weaving), which are widely spread Japanese legends, many of them are known as “Hataori-buchi” (“Weaving abyss”) or “Hataori-hime” (“Weaving Princess”).

Guest artists Kaoru Watanabe (Flutist), Tomoko Sugawara (Harpist), and Mari Nakano (Weaver) will join Ito. Mariko Suzuki is the costume designer for the crane.

Now in its 17th year, the Salon Series is a series of informative and educational lectures, lecture-demonstrations, and performances on the performing arts of Japan held three times a year on Sunday afternoons at Tenri Cultural Institute.

For more information, please visit Sachiyo Ito and Company’s website.