Shrine Maiden’s Ceremonial Dance Experience and Live Performance in Tokyo

How many people have had the pleasure of seeing a live Shintō ritual?
At this experience you can meet a real Shrine Maiden (miko) and attend a ceremonial dance (mikomai) in our studio in Tsukiji, Tokyo.

Originally, it was thought that the god descended on the dancing miko by expressing itself in the form of an oracle
Then, the Shrine Maiden became one with the god and therefore with nature.
Gods (kami) and nature are an essential bond of the Shintō religion and the miko plays an essential role in the Japanese tradition.
The Shrine Maiden also perfectly expressed the concepts of “respect for deity” and “beautiful manners” that the Japanese people have always cherished since ancient times.

Anyone interested in learning more about Japanese culture and spirituality is welcome!

Tea and Japanese sweets included!
After the experience, you can enjoy Tsukiji’s famous confectionery and tea.

This experience is supported by an interpreter guide.
Languages available: English, Korean, Italian.
* Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
* Starts: Chuo City, Japan
* Trip Category: Classes & Workshops >> Dance Lessons




How many people have had the pleasure of seeing a live Shintō ritual?
At this experience you can meet a real Shrine Maiden (miko) and attend a ceremonial dance (mikomai) in our studio in Tsukiji, Tokyo.

Originally, it was thought that the god descended on the dancing miko by expressing itself in the form of an oracle
Then, the Shrine Maiden became one with the god and therefore with nature.
Gods (kami) and nature are an essential bond of the Shintō religion and the miko plays an essential role in the Japanese tradition.
The Shrine Maiden also perfectly expressed the concepts of “respect for deity” and “beautiful manners” that the Japanese people have always cherished since ancient times.

Anyone interested in learning more about Japanese culture and spirituality is welcome!

Tea and Japanese sweets included!
After the experience, you can enjoy Tsukiji’s famous confectionery and tea.

This experience is supported by an interpreter guide.
Languages available: English, Korean, Italian.

Itinerary

1. Introduction
2. Shrine Maiden’s Ceremonial Dance Performance
3. Lecture on Origin, History and Meaning of Shrine Maiden’s Ceremonial Dance
4. Lecture on Toyosakamai and Urayasumai
5. Change Clothes
6. Ceremonial Dance Practice
7. Photo Shoot & Tea Time
8. Change Clothes and Ending

Discover the Beauty of Mikomai
In this experience, a former professional Shrine Maiden instructor will carefully teach the ABC of the ceremonial dance in a renovated old folk house in Tsukiji, where the studio is located.
First, after an introductory performance by the instructor, you will delve into the origin and history of the Shrine Maiden dance, its meaning and variants (Toyosakamai, Urayasumai).
After wearing traditional clothes, you can practice the dance in complete tranquility with the teacher.
Finally, you will take a break enjoying tea and Japanese sweets together.
It will be a unique experience that you will never forget!

Notice
・Miko costumes are available in the studio.
・Camisole and innerwear have to be worn under the costume.
・Bring some tabi or socks.
・If you have long hair, please bring a hair elastic to tie it.
・Take pictures and videos is allowed.