Last Updated: March 9, 2010 (23 Adar, 5770 )

Israeli Folk dance in Japan

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Israeli Folk dance in Japan; Introduce nice Israeli Folk dances to the Japanese, Israeli, jewish, visitors, and others. Teaching, studying and dancing together for rejoice and happiness. With the experience of fine dances, songs, musics, cultures and history. Folk dance information in Japan for visitors. Communication to another groups.

Happy Israeli folk dance experience for the students of the elementary school in Tokyo (summner, 2000).
Students are going into the circle with screaming 'Achyee !!', which means 'Hot !!' in Japanese. The dance was "Hora Medura". "Nigun Atik" and "Vaiven Uziyahu" were also danced on the same date.

"Yesh Lanu Taish".
'Hurry up everybody ! Otherwise, you cannnot reach the place on time.'


The main page is focused for the Japanese who may interested in Israeli Folk dances. But, also we would like to communicate with many Israeli Folkdance sites through Internet. If you will come to Japan, we we may show you some place to dance.

In Japan, Israeli Folk dance is very popular as the name of 'Mayim Mayim', because the dance is performed in many junior high schools as a recreation. The word of 'Folk dance' reminds the 'Mayim Mayim' fo the most of Japanese people, as well as 'Oklahoma Mixer'(dance of U.S.A.). These two dances are very popular, but sometimes they are regarded as silly dances between most of young people.

Many International folk dances were brought from U.S.A. Israeli Folk dances were also taught by American and Europian folk dancers, even they were not Jewish or Israeli, and no background of Jewish culture.

The first Israeli dancer for Japan was Mrs. Gurit Kadman. She introduced the basic Israeli Folk dances about 30 years ago.

Jonathan Gyabai , then visited to Japan and taught dances of his own. His dances are still loved by Japanese, such as Sham Harei Golan, Tzadik KaTamar, and Yedid Nefesh.

The teacher from USA, I have to mention of Ms. Jane Wieman. She taught some old Israeli dances and some balkan dances to the Japanese for more than 20 years ago with the her hot spirit.

Moshiko Halevi has been visiting every two or three years in Japan. Moshiko's has been giving big affect to the Japanese dancers. Even some Japanese believe Moshiko's dances are only living Israeli Folk dances.

Israel Ya'akovi from Los Angeles came to Japan, several years ago

David Edery from U.S.A. also came to teach Israeli dances.
David Edery also came this autumn of the year 2000.

Shmulik Gov-Ari came to teach dances almost the same time.
Although he gave only Teimani and Mizrachi dances from his various dances, Japanese people liked his dances very much.

Nowadays, some Japanese teachers go to the camp in USA and bring back many of dances as Israeli folk dances. Sometimes they are confusing by the various style of the dances between local Israeli dances and American Jewish dances.

I was trained dances in Israel, I also taught Israeli dances; Hora type and Rikudey Shketar and Nehma in some places. My group are dancing mostly from Israeli sources at moment.

The present Japanese Folkdances are seemed to be devided by the following three groups;
1. The members of the Japanese folkdance assosiation or the similar groups. The very numbers, occupied mostly by middle aged women. They enjoy making costumes and dance easy dances, many dances and musics are recreated to easier dances. The middle aged woman power is becoming very strong !! Oh.

2. The specialists of each countries, balkan dances, scottish, polish, hungarians, etc. Sometimes, they dance more than local countries ! They have their own circle, but the members of each circle are not so much. Some circle are for their members only and closed for others. The members are the people of special interests.

3. University students; some of them want to be a specialists, but other students are more busy to communicate with girl friends and to drink, than to dance.

There are so many beautiful Israeli Folk dances, which were not known to Japan. I would like to help introducing these good dances to Japanese. I would like to invite more Israeli teachers and groups, however we have not enough budget to do them all. If you have any message to us, please send us a mail.

Happy dancing !

Notice : We have no relations of Makuya group at all.

Israeli Folk dance in Japan