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Brief explanation of Bando-ryu 

The Bando School of Japanese Classical Dance is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and was established at the start of the 1800s. Bando Mitsugoro III, who was known to be a master in Nihon Buyo, is the founder of Bando-ryu.  The Bando family was originally the proprietor of Morita-za, one of the three theaters approved by the government, during the Edo Period.  Therefore, the origin of Bando-ryu style of buyo(dance) comes from Kabuki.

Brief explanation of Nihon Buyo

Nihon Buyo literally means Japanese dance, nihon meaning Japan and buyo meaning dance.   However, Nihon Buyo is generally know to be a style of dance originating from Kabuki dances, most of which were made during the Edo Period.  During those days, Nihon Buyo was a form of leisure for the common people.  Therefore, many dance pieces were made based on their daily lifestyle, also expressing the natural human emotions (for example, love, hate, sorrow, happiness, joy, loneliness) through the art of Buyo.


Bando Hidesomi and Bando Hidesomi Nihon Buyo Class

Bando Hidesomi and her students have performed at many different venues through out the years.  They have performed at the Monterey Park Cherry Blossom Festival, Thunder and Silk (a multicultural event) and other events held at Mt. San Antonio College, Summer Festival at Rancho Los Alamitos, Iris Festival at the Arboretum, Awaya-Kai Koto Concerts, The Warner Grand Theater, They were also invited to the Arizona Matsuri Festival 2002, held in Phoenix. They have also participated annually in the Nisei Week Festival, obon festivals held at Zenshuji and Sozenji Temple, Gardena JCI carnivals and other local festival and events. They also share their passion by visiting the Keiro nursing homes in Gardena and Los Angeles, which brings much joy into their hearts.   In March 2006, Bando Hidesomi and her students held their first formal recital, “Nihon no Shiki” at the Japan America Theatre.  In June 2006, Bando Hidesomi participated in the L.A. Bando-ryu Charity Recital held at the Japan America Theatre. 

In June 2015, she performed as a special guest for the Makoto Taiko Concert.  She expanded her repertoire by choreographing a collaboration piece with contemporary Taiko music and Shakuhachi.  Bando Hidesomi also lead and choreographed the 2015 and 2017 Nisei Week Parade along with choreographing and arranging the Nihon Buyo section of Nisei Week Coronation Ball from 2015~2017.  Apart from performing, she has also shared her passion by having lecture demonstrations at educational facilities such as JACCC, ESGVJCC, UC Santa Barbara, El Camino College and Loyola Marymount University.

Through Nihon Buyo, Bando Hidesomi wishes to express the feeling of appreciation and respect for all cultures, and hope her passion for Nihon Buyo will bring love, joy, peace and hope to everyone, creating a bridge of unity between all culture.



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