Credited with inventing the performing arts, her spontaneous dancing once saved the world from eternal darkness. Gregory Wright 3 Ame-no-Uzume is the Shinto goddess of dawn, a master of merry-making, humor, and dancing. A popular deity, Ame-no-Uzume is credited with the origination of the performing arts. Her name is sometimes shortened to Uzume, and the name Ame is sometimes rendered and pronounced as Ama, both of which mean light. Attributes Ame-no-Uzume is first and foremost the goddess of dawn, placing her in the service of Amaterasu, the goddess of the sun.

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Performing both nationally and internationally since , the group performs their unique West Coast Canadian taiko drumming styles to receptive audiences the world over. From the Western and Mid Arctic to both coasts and many points in between, Uzume has also played at folk and jazz festivals throughout the Nation. The troupe has an active history presenting shows for youth throughout BC and leads taiko drum workshops in schools and communities for people of all ages. Musical soloist collaborators have included Albert St.

She incorporates choreography and theatrical elements with the festival drumming style of Japan to create new work for taiko drums often in collaborations with musicians and artists from diverse cultures and art forms. She builds taiko drum gear and leads taiko workshops and artist residencies in schools and communities.

She has professional credits in stage management and has worked in media production. He has developed curriculum in percussion, hand drumming and Taiko drumming and teaches music in a variety of settings. Naomi grew up studying various dance forms with a particular interest in Hawaiian and Polynesian and continued her studies of fine arts and physical education at UBC Bachelor of Human Kinetics.

He holds a BMus, specializing in percussion and composition, from the University of Victoria. Boyd has been a member of Uzume Taiko for over twenty years, having served as co-artistic director, arranger, composer and performer. Musical highlights include: Principal percussionist with the Okanagan Symphony, Taiko drummer and composer with Mearingstone Pipe Band commissioned by the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad and percussionist and drummer for DSR productions.

Boyd is currently in his fourteenth year as the music director from grades three to ten at Stratford Hall International Baccalaureate School. Jordy has toured professionally across Canada with Co. Ed Arteaga Lighting Designer, Technical Director, Taiko Drum Builder Ed Arteaga has been an active member of the Vancouver theatre scene for over 30 years as technical director and lighting designer for dance and theatre companies.

Ed designs and builds Taiko drums and innovative drum stands for Uzume Taiko and is an integral team member with many talents. He specializes in photography and cinematography for music and documentary projects.


Dance and the Dawn: an e-shrine to Ame no Uzume — Ama no Iwato (Stone Gate to Amaterasu’s Cave),...

Origin of Kagura Suzu: The Myth For the spiritual origin of the bells, we have to go back to the myths. The other kami were stuck as to what they should do. Eventually, a plan was hatched and Ame no Uzume no Mikoto was called to the task to cheer up all the other kami who were despairing from the incident. So what did she do?


Dance of Uzume

It was Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto who, through a dance, caused the Sun Goddess, Amaterasu-OmiKami, to emerge from a cave, thus restoring light once again to the earth. Sarutahiko-no-O-Kami , guardian Kami of the martial arts as well as courage and justice, is the ancestor of the earthly Kami and stands at the junction of earth and heaven, Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Mie, Japan. Ame-no-Uzume-no-Mikoto, known as the fearless one, is the guardian Kami of art and entertainment, marriage, joy, harmony and meditation; her main shrine is also Tsubaki Grand Shrine in Mie, Japan. Heavenly alarming female, strong stout tenacious hung around her Heavenly Club —Moss from Heavenly Mt. She stamped her feet, and made the divine utterance of the Hi-Fu-Mi Norito.

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