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Events and HappeningsJapan's 50th in Tokyo 2011   

Half a World Away in Tokyo: It Was A Great Honor Among Our Friends

August 2011 couldn’t have come soon enough for your friends at Grand Square. We had all become connected to our square dancing friends who celebrated a true milestone: The 50th Annual National Square Dance Convention of the JSDA (Japan Square Dance Association.)

 

A series of visits by GSI to Tokyo for many successful events, the founding of GSI Japan, and close interaction between our US folks and the GSI Japan Leaders are perhaps a model of how our dance can—and should—bring folks together and perpetuate itself across all conceivable distances and boundaries. We treasure this intercontinental relationship.

 

This trip to Japan was an exceptional one. The venerable JSDA invited GSI to become a member of its organization as they attended the 50th Annual JSDA convention. Both the English and Japanese version of events can be viewed by clicking the image below (will open in a new window):
 
Nearly 60 years before the photo above was taken, a American C.I.A. agent; Winston P. Niblo shared the largely European/American activity of square dancing with a Japanese community in the US-occupied nation of Japan immediately following the end of WWII. Times were terrible, tensions were high, and somehow Mr.Niblo knew just the thing to help the Japanese citizens again feel some sense of community and build a simple bond with occupying Americans. As amazing as this fact is, the fact that Japan —60 years later—now has nearly two million registered square dancers—is staggering.
 
GSI began travelling to Japan in the first part of the new millennium and found lifelong friends.
If you missed the feature story published in Square Dancing Today News in 2010, you really must download the full feature and read it for yourself. We’ve condensed the feature to just the 7 pages for a handy, yet fascinating quick read. Just click the cover down below to read the feature.
 
You will see more of our interaction with GSI Japan and others across the nation of Japan. Sharing our successes together have made the activity stronger—and yielded many, many international friendships.

 

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GSI’s Kim Curlee dances with Doc Hiraga as Tony Oxendine cues up with Mac O’Jima on stage

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50 years of dancing in Japan

Nearly 60 years before the photo above was taken, a American C.I.A. agent; Winston P. Niblo shared the largely European/American activity of square dancing with a Japanese community in the US-occupied nation of Japan immediately following the end of WWII. Times were terrible, tensions were high, and somehow Mr.Niblo knew just the thing to help the Japanese citizens again feel some sense of community and build a simple bond with occupying Americans. As amazing as this fact is, the fact that Japan —60 years later—now has nearly two million registered square dancers—is staggering.

GSI began travelling to Japan in the first part of the new millennium and found lifelong friends.

If you missed the feature story published in Square Dancing Today News in 2010, you really must download the full feature and read it for yourself. We’ve condensed the feature to just the 7 pages for a handy, yet fascinating quick read. Just click the cover down below to read the feature.

You will see more of our interaction with GSI Japan and others across the nation of Japan. Sharing our successes together will make the activity stronger—and yield many, many international friendships.
 
This year Japan celebrates 50 years of organized square dancing with a super-scale event in Tokyo.  Click on the following links for information!

General Convention Information and Dancer and Dance Leader Preregistration Form

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The celebration was a huge success - Dancers came from far and wide from all across the world to help our Japanese friends celebrate 50 years of dancing.  We were honored to be able to help them celebrate.

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