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Three Aims

The project has three aims:
1. To Establish an alternative teaching system of Nihon Buyo with IT technology
The project aims to make instructions for the basic movements of Nihon Buyo more objective and practical by using images recorded digitally with motion-capture equipment. This method of instruction for Nihon Buyo would resemble other sports training systems.
2. To Research Nihon Buyo as formal education
Through developing the teaching of Nihon Buyo as curriculum-based training, we will make the study of Nihon Buyo easier, more objective, more economical and therefore more accessible than the conventional study of Nihon Buyo under a master.
3. To exchange traditional dancers among other Asian countries and to compare Nihon Buyo with other Asian dances
Digital records of Asian traditional performing arts are useful not only fostering the international exchange of dancers but also in comparing the movements of Nihon Buyo with those of other traditional Asian performing arts. The above three elements (IT, education, international exchange) are independent, but each element can be combined with another to further the benefits of this research. IT with education: In the conventional training system of Nihon Buyo, disciples sometimes have difficulty understanding the master’s directions. But if we have an alternative method with IT that can objectively check the skill of Nihon Buyo, it is possible to apply this method in curriculum-based training. Technology will enable clear scientific analysis of the dance movements of Nihon Buyo. Education and international exchange: Several Asian countries already offer traditional dance curricula in formal education. A survey of these curricula can provide information for establishing a modified curriculum to introduce Nihon Buyo in Japanese formal education. International exchange and IT: Keeping records of traditional performing arts is not recognized in most Asian countries, but is an important and necessary part of preserving cultural identities. Our archive of these Asian performing arts will be a valuable cultural property for the future generations.
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