Kazuko Fifield


Our Dance Portfolio

The history of Japanese dance goes back to the mythical age. A famous Japanese myth tells us that Amenouzume no Mikoto danced in front of the Amano Iwato to open the cave entrance that Amaterasu Ohmikami had concealed herself in. The 'kagura' dancing in its religous and mystical influence is said to have came into existence from this story. While there are other forms of Japanese dance, the roots of kabuki dance is found in the Edo period.

Listed below are some of the classical dances Onoe Ryu Dance proudly performs:


Kishu Dojoji (Promises Are Best Kept)Kishu Dojoji
Folk Tale originating circa 700 AD
Music and dance written and performed in Kabuki Theater circa 1860 AD
Dancer: Shihan Onoe Kikuyuki

..... promise fills the young woman's heart with joy and dreams of a wonderful future. She waits and waits. The acolyte does not return. Hope turns to despair. Despair transforms into anger. Anger explodes with a vengeance.....




  Dance Information  
  Onoe School, Tokyo  


A male lion teaches his lion cub the virtues of bravery and strength. The father repeatedly challenges the son to venture out into the world on his own. Two butterflies, symbols of maturity, dance with the lion club on his adventure. Finally the son masters his lessons and returns home to celebrate with his father.


Fuji Musume Fuji Musume (Wisteria Maiden)
In the artist community of Otsu, tourists browse among a kaleidoscope of paintings along the river. On one particular day, a gentleman purchases a painting of a young lady dressed in exquisite kimono draped in beautiful wisteria blossoms. The effect of the painting is so overwhelming...



Go Jo Bashi
(Passing The Torch)

There is a legendary Buddhist warrior-priest who lived 800 years ago in feudal Japan. As bodyguard to the Shogun, he was in a position to provide spiritual guidance as well as superior war fighting skills. His reputation, however, often drew challengers for no specific reason other than to defeat the best warrior in the land. In this dance, a younger samurai brings the legendary hero to his knees; but spares his life out of respect for his character and loyalty.

This event took place on the Fifth Bridge (gojo bashi) in Kyoto.


Tama UsagI
(The Rabbit In The Moon)

Tama Usage When the moon is full and the sky is without clouds, the reflective brilliance of the closest star lights up the darkness and energizes imaginations all over the world. Some see cows jumping over the moon, some see vast expanses of Swiss cheese, others see a sorrowful human face… and then, just up to the right of center is a Japanese rabbit, hard at work, making soft white rice dough otherwise known as mochi. Up and down, down and up, the rabbit pounds the sweet rice and pure spring water at the bottom of a large wooden bowl. Holiday treats and the delight of children is the desired result. From time to time, a wisp of fog might interrupt the rabbit as it tends to the mischievous behavior of raccoons, foxes, and the like. Trouble soon passes, however, and the rabbit returns to doing what it does best…