Q:What is the difference between Nihon-Buyo and Jiuta-mai? What is the defference between Jiutam-mai and Kamigata-mai?
Nihon-Buyo is evolved from Kabuki dance, mainly developed in Edo, and called "Odori". Jiuta-mai is evolved in Japanese room of high societies dance, mainly developed in Kyoto-Osaka area, and called "Mai". Nihon-buyou is based on which in the big stage, Jiuta-mai is based on which in Japanese room. These make much difference between Nihon-buyou and Jiuta-mai.
When we dance with "Jiuta", which is played by professional musicians in Kyoto-Osaka area, it's called "Jiuta-mai". Other side, when we dance with "Kamigatauta", which is popular in towns in Kyoto-Osaka area, it's referred to as "Kamigata-mai". When you call them together, it is called "Zashiki-mai".

Q: What type of song do you practicing?
These are "Jiuta" songs performed by professional perfomers such as kengyo and koto, and "Kamigatauta" songs that were popular in the Kamigata region.
We do not deal with pieces such as "Nagauta ", "Kiyomoto" or so.

Q: I have no Yukata. Can I attend the class?

Free rental Yukata is available. Please offer at the time of reservation.
In that case, please prepare your underwear for Yukata and Tabi.

Q: I cannot bring my Yukata, because I will go the class after my work.
There is a shelf where you can put your training clothes.
Most students wrap it in a Furoshiki.

Q: I have Yukata, but I can't wear by myself.
We will help you to wear. Bring your Yukata, Obi and articles.
You can wear Yukata by yourself after several times. We can help you to wear Kimono, also.

Q:Let me know what I shall prepare to wear Yukata.
If you can, please prepare "a pair of white Tabi", "Yukata", "Obi for Yukata", two "Strings", "Datejime-string", "Underwear(Chemise or Juban) " and "Suteteko (Long Underpants)".
But, at first, you can practice without "Suteteko".

Q: Can I Attend wearing Kimono?
Of course. Appear with your favorite.

Q: Do you have Age Limitation?
We have no limitation. But, if your age is under 12, please advise me.

Q: How can I deal with my monthly tuition of I take a break?
If you attend more than four times a month and take a break, the number of lessons you missed will be carried over, and once you have four lessons, the monthly tuition will be free for the following month.
If you attend three or fewer times a month, you will be charged for each lesson, so we will refund the amount you missed. In reality, you will have to pay the amount for the following month's lessons minus the amount for the missed lessons.
However, we ask that you try to avoid canceling at the last minute as it will inconvenience others.

Q: What should I do about the monthly tuition if I take a break for more than a month?
If you take a break on a monthly basis, you do nont need to pay monthly tuition for the months you are absent.
You do not need to wrap a monthly tuition after you take a break or before you resume.
For example, if you take a break in February, March and April, you will only have to pay the monthly tuition for that month in January. Feburary to April will be free and you will only have to pay the monthly tuition for that month when you resume in May.

Q: Do I have to become a Natori? How much does it cost?
When you become a Natori, you are allowed to practice the pieces that are permitted, which means you can start practicing full-scale dance.
We recommend Natori after ovserving the progress of your lessons. The Cost is around 200,000 ye.
Some people continue to practice without taking the name (without becoming Natori) of their own volition.

Q: How long does it take to become a Natori or a Shihan?
In our association, it is entirely up to the individual's abitlity, so we cannot say how many years or how many pieces to practice, but most people who are asked to take the Natori exam have been practicing for around five years and have practiced about 20 pieces.
Most people wha are able to teach others as vice shihan have practiced for around 10 years and have practiced about 50 pieces.
We do not yet have a shihan who can grow Natori. It takes about 80 pieces to become a shihan.

Q:How much does it cost to appear in a performance?
The performances are organized by "Kirizaki Japanese Classical Dance Academy & Associates", a general incorporated association run by volunteer Natori members. When the association requests the performers, they never ask them a participation fee, and sometimes pay them a performance fee.
The free performance review ("Kiri-no-mi kai") has a participation fee of about 15,000 yen, but we highly recommend you to appear.