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How many people have had the pleasure of seeing a live Shintō ritual?
At this experience you can meet a real Shrine Maiden (miko) and attend a ceremonial dance (mikomai) right here in our studio in Tsukiji, Tokyo.
Originally, it was thought that the god descended on the dancing miko by expressing itself in the form of an oracle.
Then, the Shrine Maiden became one with the god and therefore with nature.
Gods (kami) and nature are an essential bond of Shintō religion and the miko plays an essential role in Japanese tradition.
The Shrine Maiden also perfectly expressed the concepts of “respect for deity” and “beautiful manners” that Japanese people have always cherished since ancient times.
Discover the Beauty of Mikomai
In this experience, a former professional Shrine Maiden instructor will carefully teach the ABC of the ceremonial dance in a renovated old folk house in Tsukiji, where the studio is located.
First, after an introductory performance by the instructor, you will delve into the origin and history of the Shrine Maiden dance, its meaning and variants (Toyosakamai, Urayasumai).
After wearing traditional clothes, you can practice the dance in complete tranquility with the teacher.
Finally, you will take a break enjoying tea and Japanese sweets together.
It will be a unique experience that you will never forget!
The lesson is recommended at all those who:
· Are interested in Shrine Maiden’s Ceremonial Dance.
· Want to learn Japanese “beautiful manners”.
· Want to experience the fascination of Japanese culture.
· Like shrine and tradition.
· Want to know more about Shintō.
· Want to meet directly a real Shrine Maiden.
Anyone interested in learning more about Japanese culture and spirituality is welcome!
Photos and videos allowed!
Japanese sweets and tea included!
After the experience, enjoy Tsukiji's famous confectionery and tea made in Kyūshū.
This experience is supported by an interpreter guide.
Languages available: English, Korean, Italian.
Suzune Asami - Former Professional Shrine Maiden
About 90 minutes
WActivity JAPAN - Tsukiji Studio
6-3-9 Tsukiji, Chūō-ku, Tokyo 104-0045
4 minutes' walk from Tsukiji Station (Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line)
From 16 to 80 years old
Experience fee, consumption tax, Miko clothes, sweets and tea
② Shrine Maiden’s Ceremonial Dance Performance
③ Lecture on Origin, History and Meaning of Shrine Maiden’s Ceremonial Dance
④ Lecture on Toyosakamai and Urayasumai
⑤ Change Clothes
⑥ Ceremonial Dance Practice
⑦ Photo Shoot & Tea Time
➇ Change Clothes and Ending
From 1 to 4 people
· Tabi or socks.
· If you have long hair, we suggest to use a hair elastic to tie it.
· Miko costume will be given to you for the experience (child size not available).
· Camisole and innerwear have to be worn under the costume (changing room available in the studio).
· Please come at the studio 10 minutes before the start time.
· If you are late your participation may be denied.