The Yoshiwara Kitsune Shachu dance troupe brings a unique art form to Philadelphia that is rarely seen even in modern day Japan! The Kitsunemai dance, which originated in the Yoshiwara district of Tokyo during the Edo period is a fox dance associated with new year’s eve celebrations. The costumes feature white fox masks and bright kimonos to symbolize the coming of winter and the new year. The dancers wield fans in one hand and bells in the other, in order to charm onlookers. Kitsunemai dance has largely disappeared in modern times, but in 2011 Yoshiwara Kitsune Shachu formed to bring back this beautiful traditional dance! Be sure to check out Yoshiwara Kitsune Shachu’s captivating performance on the main stage at Sakura Sunday on April 17th! In addition, look out for a collaboration performance with Kanadete Sourou!