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Kumi Odori
Kumi Odori
Performing Arts

Kumi Odori


Information National Theatre Okinawa
Address: Jichaku 4-14-1, Urasoe City, Okinawa Prefecture

Enjoy the traditional Okinawan performing art kumi odori, at the National Theatre Okinawa in Urasoe City. Kumi odori developed in the early eighteenth century when Okinawa was trading with Japan and China as the Ryukyu Kingdom. The opera-like art form incorporates aspects of Chinese and Japanese traditional performing arts, blending them with classical Ryukyuan song, dance, and storytelling in the Ryukyuan language. The performers wear beautiful costumes dyed using the traditional Okinawan bingata technique. The art has been given Intangible Cultural Heritage status by UNESCO.