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The 7th Foreigner's Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition: Waseda University student performers' questionnaire interview

Concept of Foreigner’s Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition
Spreading artistic and cultural activities across national borders is essential to the promotion of Japanese culture. We provide opportunities for foreign residents in Japan, exchange students, and Japanese students to receive training in traditional Japanese dance and perform. Through these opportunities, our mission is to increase continued interest in traditional Japanese culture, raising international understanding. 

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Outline of the 7th Foreigner’s Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition
The 7th Foreigner’s Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition was held on 23rd June, 2012 at the event hall of Japan Women’s University. It started with an opening greeting where there were already many people had gathered. There were 51 performers of different countries and different universities. They danced in a group of 4 or 5 people with the songs “Fujimusume”, “Kotobuki” and “Hanakage”.
http://www.npo-japa.com/index.html

Results
First place: Zhu Tong, Waseda University, China
Second place: Elin Gustafsson, Waseda University, Sweden
Third place: 2 students of Aoyama Gakuin University and Tokyo University, who are respectively from South Korea and China
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Waseda University student performers’ questionnaire interview
13 of the 51 performers were Waseda students. We took a questionnaire interview about their preparation before the performance and thoughts after the performance.

▽About preparation
Many of them replied that the preparation was hard, but spending time with friends was fun. They are also very thankful to the teachers.

★From Fall Semester, we practiced about twice every month. The teacher was very nice. Even when everyone made many mistakes, the teacher was always funny, and taught us how to dance. The Japanese traditional dance is difficult, so the lessons were a little challenging, but it was a lot of fun. I am so sad that it is over now. (E.G)

★For the preparation of performance we practiced for 6 months which was a long period. But we all enjoyed it. And our last month, we did a lot, we accepted the guide and instruction from our professional teachers, and adjusted our action in order to get the most standard one when we got back. We also practiced looking the video of teachers. I believe our efforts were not a waste. If possible, could teachers teach us one more pieces of dancing for performance. Thanks a lot. At last the experience will be teacher of my while life and if I have another chance, I wanted to carry on the dance. (T.Z)

Actually I didn’t prepare so much for the final performance. Since I participated in the intensive practice one month before the presentation, each movement that I misunderstood had been corrected by our sensei. The only thing we need to do was trying hard to memorize the whole set of movements. It is a pretty special event about Japanese traditional dance and culture. Therefore such kind of interesting activities are supposed to be promoted to more overseas students in Japan. (W.Z)

★We went to receive lessons from the teacher every other Sunday. After returning home, I reviewed what I had learned. Right before the competition, I had additional lessons with the teacher, and worked hard to be able to perform well. (Y.J)

★Rehearsals from last November were a little challenging, but to think back on them now, I think they are precious memories. (L.P)

★The rehearsals were always fun. My legs and hips shook, and muscle pains the next day were inevitable. But having tea with friends from various countries after the rehearsals were incredibly fun. I made some truly wonderful friends. (I.T)

★Rehearsals were truly a lot of fun. Because of the teacher, I learned a lot. And through the traditional Japanese dance, I was able to learn a lot more about Japanese culture. Teacher, thank you so much. (E.H)

★The night before the performance, I was practicing with the teacher until after 9pm. After I woke up this morning, I practiced one more time by myself. I think it would be nice if Waseda University could hold cultural competitions and events like this too. (C.W)

★We only practiced twice or three times a month, so it was challenging. It was difficult for me when I could not even wear the Yukata in the beginning. In the end, when returning the Yukata, it made me sad to wonder whether I would ever have the opportunity to wear it and dance again. (B.C)

★With the support of teachers and friends, I learned everything from the basics. With strong ties, and without ever forgetting to appreciate, I continued to practice. (A.I)

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▽Reflections after the performance
Many of them replied that they were little bit nervous but it finished soon and they enjoyed the event.

★It was the first time to make a performance on Japanese traditional dance and felt a little bit nervous. So I made some mistakes during the performance. However, it was a really good experience for me to make a better understanding on the Japanese traditional culture. With the 6 months practice, I not only learnt a piece of dance, but also built a deep friendship with my dancing fellows and tutors. We shared our landscape and culture with each other and together experienced a very good period of dancing. At last, thanks very much for our teacher. (T.Z)

This is an unprecedented event I ever had in Japan. The six months passed away so fast, I can’t even image today is the final of all I obtained during this period. My heart is fully filled with thankful and affecting emotion because of what this meaningful event gave me. The perception of such a traditional Japanese culture as well as the communication with our sensei and other dancers has touched me so much. (W.Z)

★The day was over quicker than I had imagined. I was very nervous before entering the stage, but the teacher kindly cheered me up, and I was gradually able to be calm. I had fun today. (C.W)

★I was nervous, but I am happy I got to dance with everyone. The teacher worked very hard to teach us, which encouraged me to work hard at the dance. (B.C)

★I had fun! Even if the dance was not perfect, everyone worked hard, making it a great competition. I am glad I got to see the other groups dancing as well. (E.G)

★I had fun! I worked very hard. I am so glad that I got to participate in the competition with the friends I met through the traditional Japanese dance! (Y.J)

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Thank you all for answering the questions.

If you are interested in attending the next Foreigner’s Traditional Japanese Dance Exhibition, contact the Japan Association for Performance Art (JAPA)
http://www.npo-japa.com/otoiawase.html

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