Japan Update

2009 September 30

Finally some videos of the new champions. Bear over with the person holding the camera not being able to keep still, and make sure you get the milonga at the end. The Argentine newspaper Clarin has a short interview with them.

I mentioned in a previous post that Japan was important because of the collectors of tango music there, and Royce recently posted several posts (here, here and here [UPDATE: She added part 4, part 5 and part 6] ) on this topic that are well worth a read. I only have a couple of the CTA series myself, but they are great and I am looking for more.

Mari has a nice post about how the Japanese tea seremony can teach us about tango that I really enjoyed.

Finally, this seems to be a good placeto mention a great Japanese film about dancing, but not about tango. It is called Shall we dance. I never bothered to watch the Hollywood remake, and I suggest you don’t either. Go for the original. The Japanese cultural resistance to couple dancing only makes the dancing of the campeones more touching.

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  1. 2009 October 1

    Dancers may not be aware that Kyoko and Hiroshi Yamao were not new competitors to the championships in Buenos Aires.

    They competed in the V Campeonato Metropolitano (2007) and placed 4th in milonga and 9th in tango salon. They qualified to compete because they were living in Buenos Aires.

    They competed in the V Campeonato Mundial (Aug 2007) and placed 6th in Tango Salon category and 3rd in Stage Tango category. [Their standings in the previous campeonatos can be found on the internet.]

    They were familiar to the judges of the Campeonato Mundial since they probably have studied with some of them during their years in BsAs. They represented Japan in the Campeonato Mundial although they have lived in the city of Buenos Aires for at least three years. They were being groomed for the title. They are lovely dancers, but they didn’t just show up in August and win the title for their country.

    Daniel Naccuchio, who won the world championship in 2008, taught tango for several years in Japan. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Yamaos studied with him in Tokyo.

  2. 2009 October 2

    I stand corrected after listening to a radio interview with Hiroshi. They live in Japan, have made five trips to Buenos Aires, and attend classes at the School of Carlos Copello.

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