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Kabuki Dancer by Sawako Ariyoshi

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This book tells the story of Okuni, the woman who started the tradition of Kabuki dancing. I know nothing about Kabuki dancing. I couldn’t pick a Kabuki dance out of a line up. I’m sure I would have gotten more out of the book if I had known about Kabuki.

But even so, the story is a really great story about staying true to yourself and to what you know. I mean, a lot of stories are out there about “Doing the right thing.” But when it’s an asthetic choice, there are not such strong guidelines. The difficulty of staying true to what you FEEL and know in your heart to be beautiful and right, that is worth a lot.

Beauty and dance are very important in life. They are the sorts of things that make life worth living. Okuni’s life is inspiring, to stay true to herself and her art.

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  • http://www.sxxxy.org Nyx

    Man, that reads like an 11th grade book report. Get some real writers.

  • Eric Olsen

    Nyx, why don’t you join us and improve the site from within?

  • http://www.sxxxy.org Nyx

    I am, that’s what the comments are for.

    Otherwise no one has asked me and I assume that a “sinister cabal” has some sort of memebership standards.

    How does one join? I don’t see anything that says “submit an article”.

  • jadester

    i think you just have to fire off an e-mail to Eric explaining that you wanna join, and let him know your name. Also i think you’re supposed to have your own blog (altho i must admit i havent really written anything on mine. Ever)

  • Eric Olsen

    yes, just send me an email, I have seen your blog.