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Japanese Cherry Blossom Dance

Eri Okabe from Japan

Japanese Cherry Blossom Dance

Japanese Cherry Blossom Dance

Japanese Cherry Blossom Dance

All photos: Thomas Peters

Japanese dances are beautiful, traditional dances. Most are slow and don't look difficult, so we have to dance as interestingly and beautifully as we can in order not to bore the audiences. When I am dancing, I become a princess, a blossom, a young girl, an old lady, a fox, or a man. It is very real to me. I love Japanese dances because I can become anything I want, even the most beautiful girl in the world!

I respect my teacher. I want to be a great dancer like her. Her dancing is not only beautiful and interesting, but it is her whole life. She is very much looking forward to me being a good dancer. She thinks of me being her daughter, and I think of her like my second mother.

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