Perhaps even more so than the elegance and lightness of Ryukyuan dance, the songs, and the plaintive music of the sanshin are the eye-catching colors and designs of bingata costumery, the flower hats with designs boldly suggestive of blue skies and breaking waves, and the other accessories that make Ryukyuan dance so colorful and charming.
The bingata gowns worn in classical women's dances express the elegance and refinement of the former nobility. On the other hand, the kunjii indigo-dyed clothing worn without the constricting obi in the popular zo-odori dances expresses the wisdom and natural aesthetic sense of the common people. The evocative accessories used in the many dances that stir a variety of sentiments and emotions also make their contribution to the appeal of Ryukyuan dance.
Another unforgettable aspect is the variety of beautiful Ryukyu hairstyles worn to be indicative of differences in social status, age and gender. Together with costumes and accessories, these hairstyles and their elaborate hairpins (kanzashi) are the colorful accompaniments of Ryukyuan dance and greatly enhance its appeal.
|Hanagasa||Jingasa & Zei||Uchiwa||Nuchibana & Yotsutake|
|Hairstyles of Women's Dances||Hairstyles of Women's Dances||Hairstyles of Young Men's Dances||Hairstyles of Young Men's Dances|
Photo : Sunagawa Toshihiko