About Iori

Iori is a dancer and instructor of Japanese Traditional Dance. Iori's dance classes are offered at her home studio in a quiet neighborhood of Iwakura, a northern suburb of Kyoto city.



Today’s flowers are lilies and eucalyptus from a store and the last hydrangeas of this year from the garden.



Classes are restarting from this June.



Flowers in the alcove are dokudami and yukinoshita picked up from the garden this morning.





Drove to Nara, after a long period of quarantine, as three prefectures including Kyoto and Osaka were finally relieved of emergency claim this week.
Shorinji Temple, which is known for the 11 faced Kannon statue and a view of beautiful Mt. Miwa, was in the old time when Buddhism and Shintoism were not separated part of the Tanzan Shrine that is standing surrounded by Mt. Tonomine.
One building of Tanzan Shrine has been a location of dance and noh play and even Zeami, the founder of the noh was raised and protected by this shrine.

I prayed for improvement in my dance to all the deities.



The season is now welcoming the pleasant winds of May.


At first I put off the classes until May 6th. However as the Emergency Claim by the government was extended and also considering my students’ health and safety, I have put off the classes until the end of this month.


I put the fan of Aoi Festival that I was honored to be gifted by the Shimogamo Shrine at the time of the dance dedication to pray and hope for the health of all.





下は、1995年9月15日に東京のNHKホールにおいて、リッカルド・ムーティさんが指揮をされたミラノ・スカラ座管弦楽団来日公演による映像ですが、「主よ 永遠の安息を彼らに与え 永遠の光で彼らを照らしてください」という言葉からはじまるヴェルディの「レクイエム」が、多くの人の希望の灯となったら、と思います。

Presently many theaters in the world are being closed due to the virus situation, same as dance performances of Kamigata-mai.

However, there was an announcement that the Scala Theater in Milan is going to reopen with Requiem by Verdi this September.

I humbly pray that the virus is dispelled and the people in the theater world can start working again.

Below is the video of Requiem by the orchestra of the Scala conducted by Riccardo Muti in 1995 in Tokyo. I simply hope that the Requiem that starts with “Grant them eternal rest, O Lord; and may perpetual light shine upon them” will be a light of healing and hope for the world and for the people.



Stay home




Because of the virus situation, many businesses are being closed, same as my classes which are off until the end of the Golden Week Holiday vacation.

Performances are also being cancelled or postponed, so I stay home much of my time.

Even this kind of year had the deutzia (Himeutsugi in Japanese, literally meaning “Princess Flower of April”) in my garden blossoming.



While spending my time mostly cleaning and putting things in order, I found my old shamisen.





I haven’t practiced shamisen for a long while, but as I suddenly had much time to spare, I started practicing…

The piece that I am presently working on is called “The Rhythm of Tea” or Cha-ondo. It is the piece that in the school of Yoshimura you have to master in order to be certified as “Natori”, a stage-name holder.

The interpretation may be different depending on your school. I would like to write down here the one that I have learned.


地唄 茶音頭

世の中にすぐれて花は吉野山 紅葉は龍田 茶は宇治の 都の辰巳

それよりも 廓は都の未申 数寄とは 誰が名に立てし 濃茶の色の深緑

松の位にくらべては 囲といふも低けれど 情けは同じ床飾り

飾らぬ胸の裏表 袱紗さばきの心から 聞けば思惑違い棚

逢ふてどうして香箱の 柄杓の竹は直ぐなれど そちは茶杓の曲み文字

憂さを晴らしの初昔 昔噺の爺婆となるまで 釜の中冷めず

縁はくさりの末長く 千代萬代へ





The Rhythm of Tea

In the world, what is especially beautiful is the cherry blossoms on Yoshino mountain, maple leaves on Tatsuta mountain, and the tea on Uji mountain, which is at the southeast side of the capital.

Yet more important is .. Shimabara which is the red-light district that you like is at the southwest side of the capital, by the way, who started that rumor that I like you?

Matcha tea is deep green, compared with the color of pine (pine is the highest rank of Shimabara courtesans), the frame of a fire pit for tea may be very humble. Yet isn’t the emotion the same when you love somebody?

With my austere emotion, I handle the Fukusa (cloth to wipe tea cups) from my heart.

Seeing you, I noticed that although the water scoop is straight, your heart is bent like the tea scoop.


My sadness is dispelled. I wish that the iron pot will be hot and boiling, until you and I become like an old man and woman in the fairy tale.

I pray that our relationship continues long and eternal like a chain.







The performance that was scheduled on April 18 at SYD Hall in Yoyogi, Tokyo is cancelled. Also the performance to commemorate the succession of the 7th Head Master of the school of Yoshimura is postponed till May 1, 2021. The performance scheduled to be held by the Nihon Buyo Association in August is postponed too.

Various performances are either postponed or cancelled.

I feel sorry about that but I would like to use this time to study new choreographs and scores at home.








Last weekend when the cherry blossomed so beautifully, we dedicated Jiuta-mai “Cha-ondo” (Rhythm of Tea) at Iwakura Shrine in my studio’s neighborhood.

One of the students was a professional singer Frauke Albert from Hamburg, Germany, who was staying in Kyoto for 3 months as part of the Artist Residency program at Goethe Institute in Kyoto.

Besides dance, she dedicated “Gion Kouta” and “Washi ga zaisho”, both are Kyoto country songs that she studied here for the last couple of months.

Because it was held outside, I decided to hold the dedication, in spite of the current situation.

I am deeply grateful for the Iwakura Shrine Association members who helped the event, and all the neighbors who showed up for the dedication.

The photos were taken by one of the neighbors.



日曜日、「芸能衣装の美 吉村ゆきその舞の美意識研究会」が無事に終了いたしました。














snow 2020

Thanks to the support from many people, the lecture and demonstration of dance of the Yoshimura School by my teacher Yukisono and myself Sonoiori was successfully finished.

I am grateful for all the people who came to the show.

The next day that I came back to Kyoto, it was snowing for the first time of the year.

The poet that I danced about, Chiyo of Kaga, has several beautiful snow poems.


Feeling chilliness

outside of my eyes

snowing this morning.


First snow


and re-snowing.


The wind is only blowing back,

without tails.

The bamboo is heavy with snow.










Yesterday a Buddhist service commemorating the anniversary for the death of Yuki Yoshimura sensei, the fourth Head Master of the school of Yoshimura was held.
I offered the “Shojo” dance, which is about the mythical animal of sake (Japanese wine), as Yuki sensei liked sake more than anything.
The continual rain suddenly stopped just before we visited his graveyard.
My teacher said it was because I wore nice kimono to dance for sensei 😊