The poem reads:
Ame tsuchi No Kami Nizo Inoru Asanagi No
Umi No Gotoku Ni Nami Tatanu Yo Wo.
(I pray to God, creator of the universe for a peaceful world –
a world like the calm morning sea.)
The poem was set to music by Tadatomo Ohno, then court conductor of the Imperial Household Agency’s Music Department, who also worked on the choreography.
From ancient times, Japan has been referred to as Urayasu no Kuni, which means “the land of natural beauty, where serenity reigns.” Here, urayasu means “peaceful mind,” and mai means “dance.”
There are two types of mai in this dance: Ōgi no mai, which uses fans, and Suzu no mai, which uses bells as props. These are solemn, graceful dances with a gentle rhythm.
There will be a reception following the performance.
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