Japan Cultural Days: Japanese Kikuno-kai Dance Troupe
Specializing in Japanese classic and folk dances, Kikuno-kai was founded in 1972 by the late Michiyo Hata, a professional dancer, best known for her choreography in the 1988 Oscar-winning Japanese film Dreams. She founded the troupe to show the beauty of Japanese dancing wherever it could be presented—in Japan and abroad. Kikuno-kai focuses on the fundamentals of Japanese dance while striving to foster emerging artists and create pieces that befit the times. Their show features a variety of traditional and local favorites.