Nihon Buyô 日本舞踊
Traditional Japanese dance (nihonbuyô) is characterised by an enormous diversity. It ranges from the courtly bugaku dance and the religious dances in kagura (priests dance here with a cleansing stick) to the ritual dance drama in nô and the theatrical kabuki dance. Geisha and maiko also perform some kind of nihonbuyô. A kimono or yukata is worn for this expressive dance, which usually tells a story. The dancers, who wear white make-up, use fans, umbrellas or scarves.