Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers at Cleveland Asian Festival

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers
2023 Cleveland Asian Festival
May 21, 2023

The Sho-Jo-Ji Dancers are a Japanese dance group that had its first performance in 1956. They perform traditional dances from Japan in authentic kimonos. They performed at the 2023 Cleveland Asian Festival.

Isabel Lawrence, a reporter and anchor for WKYC TV, welcomed the crowd and introduced the Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers who began their performance with this Japanese folk dance.

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Beverly explained the dances.

Beverly of the Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese dancers

This Japanese folk dance with fans showed reverence to the moon.

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers

This Japanese folk dance with umbrellas is about a city in Japan.

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers

The Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers have been performing since 1956 and now 3 generations are involved.

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers

Every crossword puzzle enthusiast knows that the ancient name of Tokyo was Edo. This ancient dance is about a royal procession over a bridge to Edo which later became Tokyo.

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers

After calling up audience members to learn a dance and join in they performed their final dance of the day called Sakura (Cherry Blossoms).

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers

Beverly of Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers

Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers

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