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Classes at Kadena Family Support Center

Date Posted: 1999-01-08

Ryukyu dance class offered

A Ryukyu dance class and seminar is offered at the Kadena Family Support Center, Feb. 12, from noon to 2 p.m. The class will teach participants various Okinawan classical and folk dances. It will also teach the difference between Japanese classical and folk dances and the difference between Japanese and Okinawan dance styles, the meaning of the movements, postures, steps and costumes of the various dances. A master instructor will demonstrate the dances and explain the history, theme and significance of each dance. The class is repeated on Feb. 26 from noon to 2 p.m.

Japanese calligraphy class

This class will teach the participants the art or Japanese calligraphy (brush writing) and the idea of making works of art using basic Japanese characters. Participants must have their own brush kit, including a brush (fude), ink (sumi), Japanese writing paper (Banshi), paper weight (bunchin), ink stone (suzuri, and felt underlay (shitajiki). Inexpensive kits that include all the above mentioned materials can be purchased at any off-base stationary or most of bookstores. The class will be conducted Feb. 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Living in Okinawa culture class

Cultural tips for a successful tour in Okinawa are covered in this program with topics like good manners, gift giving, celebrations and ceremonies, holidays, customs and culture, and more. A comparison of U.S., Okinawan and Japanese customs is included in this seminar which is conducted by an Okinawan who has lived and worked in the U.S. The seminar is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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