We perform a contemporary form of Eisa, which is a traditional Okinawan dance where drums are used. In addition to traditional folk music of Okinawa, we dance at the rhythm of Okinawan Rock and Pop. We have introduced forms (kata) from Okinawan Karate into our choreography. Additionally, our female members dance while playing the Odaiko (biggest of the Taiko drums). These are some of our unique characteristics , making our style a blend of tradition and innovation, with dynamic performances that take eisa to the next level, making it an entertainment worth of watching.
During the Era of the Ryukyu Kingdom, our ancestors of Okinawa understood the importance of contact with people from other cultures, and they travelled to various countries around the world, becoming living bridges with them. Today, we can find a bell with reading “Bankoku-Shinryo” (萬國津梁) at the main temple of the Shuri Castle in Okinawa. This roughly translates as “The Bridge between ten thousand countries” which is the proof of the welcoming spirit of Okinawa towards people from all over the world.
Ryukyu Budan Shoryu Matsuri Daiko is based in Tokyo. Under the traditional principles of the Bankoku-Shinryo, we believe that the passion we put into our performances has the power to make people from all over the world want to discover more of the beauty of Okinawa, building a bridge between us.