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The history of ODORI (dance) goes back many centuries originating at the same time as Kabuki, Noh, and Kyogen.  The Nishikawa style of traditional Japanese Odori was established over 220 years ago in Edo (now Tokyo) when Japan was still governed by a shogun whose lords served him as loyally as they were served by their samurai. About 60 years later, Koisaburo Nishikawa (1823-1900), a dancer who had studied the Japanese arts of Noh and Kyogen moved from Tokyo to Nagoya. There he combined techniques of classical Japanese theater to create a novel style of Japanese dance.

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