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Hello, my name is Tom Corrao and I am the blogger behind the Okinawaology Blog. I created this blog to share and discuss all things Okinawan. I’m also the Public Relations Officer and Minkan Taishi to the Chicago Okinawa Kenjinkai. My experience with Okinawa is derived from the time I spent there during the 1980's and 90's (10 years) when serving in the United States Air Force. I've also been married to an Okinawan woman for 30 years now and have been immersed in many things Okinawan through both friends and family. I do not claim to be all knowing about everything Okinawan but I try hard and study the history and culture. I welcome everyone that is interested in Okinawa and hope that I can provide useful information to those uchinanchu that may be curious about their culture and heritage. I also welcome those who are not of Okinawan heritage but have experienced, or are experiencing, the islands culture while stationed there with the United States Military. Comments are welcomed and will be published as long as they are in good taste and on track with the purpose of this blog. My hope with this blog is to bring Uchinanchu people around the world a little closer to their cultural roots by expressing information that has started to fade in light of a more modern world. We should never forget our culture or the people who came before us and through the Blog my intentions are to meld the old with the new and implant knowledge that will help maintain the traditions and culture of an island people.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

About Kajadifu Bushi - An Okinawan Classical Dance

Kajadifu Bushi is a dance that celebrates the prosperity of descedants. Kajadifu is an auspicious dance that is in the genre of rojin odori or elderly people's dances. It features an old couple and their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. This dance typically celebrates longevity, health, wealth, and an abundant harvest and is cousomarily performed as an opening performance at festive occassions. For this reason, it has been used for entertaining foreign ambassadors and dignitaries, and has been perpetuated throughout many Okinawan villages. It was frequently preformed in the king's court during the age of the Ryukyu Kingdom. The choreography incorporates all of the essential gestures employed in dances using fans. There are several variations of the dance but in it's standard version the dance is performed by and elderly man or couple, although it can be performed by several young people or a young couple for festive occassions.

There are several different interpretations of the meaning and background of the song Kajadifu Bushi.

In one version the story goes that during the time of the Ryukyu Kingdom there was a price that was mute.  A high ranking clansman named Uaragusiku was upset by the fact that the prince was unable to speak until one day, when they found out the prince was being considered as the next successor to the King. The prince then demonstrated that he had just been pretending to be mute in order to see what was happening amongst his followers. When the clansmen Uaragusiku discovered the prince was not mute he expressed his joy in this verse.

In another version it is said that a blacksmith, or KANJAYA named Okuma, helped Prince Shoen when there was a crisis. After that, when Shoen inherited the kingdom, Okuma became a clansman. The blacksmith expressed his joy in this verse.

KIYU NU FUKURASHA YA     Today's joyous occasion,

NAWUNI JANA TATIRU          To what can we compare it?

TSIBUDI WURU HANANU       It's like a bud waiting to bloom,

TSIYU CHATA GUTU              Touched by the morning dew.

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