Contemporary dancer Alessandra Lupi visits Sado Island to study the powerful Onidaiko demon dance. The traditional performing art is offered to the gods to pray for peace and abundant harvests.
Alessandra also experiences the traditional lifestyle of the region. She stays in a charming inn converted from an old home, tries rice farming and meets apprentices of Kodo, the renowned drumming ensemble.
During her journey, she comes to feel how closely the Onidaiko performing art is connected to the local way of life. On the last day of her journey, Alessandra is bestowed with an honor that is most unexpected…
You can reserve seats online or over the telephone.
TEL: +81(0) 25-245-1234
Cost: ¥2510~ (car ferry) ¥6520 (speed boat)
Please check the Sado Tourism Association’s website for schedules.
Address: 2F Ryotsu Port. Terminal Bldg. 353 Ryotsu-minato, Sado, Niigata Pref.
TEL: +81(0) 259-27-5000
Address: 184 Ogi-machi, Sado, Niigata Pref.
TEL: +81(0) 259-86-3153
Address: 78-1 Shukunegi, Sado, Niigata Pref.
TEL: +81(0) 259-86-2331
Address: Kodo Village, 148-1 Ogi Kanetashinden, Sado, Niigata
TEL: +81(0) 259-86-3630 (in Japanese only)
Traveler: Alessandra Lupi > More Info
Occupation:Dancer & Model
Length of residence in Japan:3 years
I came here to learn Japanese language and culture.
I returned from my Sado journey filled with strong emotions. I felt an immediate bond with the people of the island—their world, their reality—even though they are different from mine. Eventually they returned the affection, welcoming me and letting me join in their activities. They have a very strong sense of community: every single village has its own traditions; even the Onidaiko dance and costumes slightly differ from team to team. The people are protective and close to each other, but very passionate and welcoming if you open your heart to them. I was immensely proud and honored to be part of their community. Perhaps because I come from an island, too, I can feel their dual sentiment of attachment to tradition and strong curiosity for the external world. It's an awareness that change is constant, but preserving the spirit is important. During my journey many people helped me to find answers about the reason of dance and being a performance art professional in general. They did not just give me technical advice, but also shared their lives with me, helping me to understand the background I needed for dancing not only with my body but with my heart, too.
It was such an exquisite time. Not only I was able to get to know the Sado culture but I also I had connected with the people there. Not just me but with my international crew from Ireland, NZ, and Italy.