Traditional Japanese Performing Arts Ginken Shibu


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 Japanese Traditional Culture: Ginken Shibu Do

Ginkenshi-bu is a traditional Japanese art form that encompasses both Gin-ei, which is the singing of Chinese poetry and waka, and Kenshi-bu, which is a dance performed to the accompaniment of Gin-ei.



Gin-ei is a traditional art form that sings the heart of the Japanese people.
Also known as shigin, gin'ei is a form of traditional Japanese music in which poems are sung with verses attached.
Chinese poetry and waka poetry are used in Gin-ei competitions, but any other type of poetry can be sung, including haiku, new style poetry, and modern poetry.
In addition, haiku, new style poetry, and modern poetry can be used. Being able to read the feelings of the author of the poem is an indication of the competence of the chanting artist.
The more you know about the meaning and background of the poem being recited, the more you will enjoy listening to it.


Kenbu is a dance in which the dancer dances with a sword or fan to the accompaniment of chanting.
It is characterized by movements that respect the kata of ancient martial arts, and the basic movements such as how to insert the sword (obi), how to cut, and how to hold the sword are influenced by sword techniques and etiquette such as kenjutsu and iaijutsu. The performers are required to have a warrior's attitude, the spirit of bushido, spirit, and dignity. The appeal of sword dance lies in its understanding of the spirit of the poem it is based on, and in the artistic sublimation of martial arts forms.



The dance danced to the accompaniment of chanting is called Shibu, and differs from Kenbu in that it is danced mainly with a fan.
Not only Chinese poetry, but also Japanese poetry and new style poetry are widely used. "The highlight of the performance is the integration of gin and dance, which is called "letting the poem speak and then dancing.
The performer grasps the heart of the poem and expresses the world of the poem, sometimes concretely, sometimes abstractly, in a slow and rapid manner.



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