The World’s 1st Nihonbuyo Online School

Learn top-level Japanese Dance from an ex-Kabuki actor online!
No previous dancing experience or Japanese required!

Nihonbuyo is awesome...

From Noh and Kabuki to Minyo (folklore) and Geisha culture – Nihonbuyo (Japanese Dance) combines elements of many traditional dance and theater genres. Learning Nihonbuyo is not only lots of fun but also gets you much closer to Japanese tradition and culture:

  • Learn how to not only wear but also move correctly in traditional Japanese clothing including Kimono (women and men) and Hakama
  • Master O-Sensu (fans), Katana (swords) and other traditional Japanese props
  • Dive deep into Japan’s rich portfolio of historical and fictional stories and characters
  • Enjoy a wide variety of Japanese music ranging from more traditional genres e.g. Nagauta or Hauta to Enka and POP (yes, you can dance Nihonbuyo to pop songs!)


Nihonbuyo is just awesome but finding a teacher can seem impossible, especially when you’re not in Japan or don’t speak Japanese fluently.

And even if you miraculously find a teacher who can teach you, you might run into further issues.

Here are some of the concerns we hear frequently from foreign and Japanese students who have tried to learn Nihonbuyo:

  • Expensive lessons and performances
  • Lack of comprehensive instructions and explanations (the traditional “watch and learn” method of teaching)
  • Strict rules within and outside the classroom (don’t ask questions, don’t learn from other teachers, only stick to the genre and dances you get taught)

Unfortunately, that’s why many students discontinue learning Nihonbuyo although they enjoy the dancing.


We at Hanabusagoryu think this is just mottainai (a shame)!

Our motto is “nihonbuyo wo yori wakariyasuku, yori tanoshiku” (Making Nihonbuyo easy to understand and more fun!). And, we change the way Nihonbuyo is taught.

How does the World's 1st Online Nihonbuyo School Work?

Weekly Lessons into your Inbox

Get a new lesson every week into your inbox or check it out in your online membership area

From Koten to Shinbuyo - Covering all Genres

From Koten (traditional dances) to Shinbuyo (dances that use more modern music genres e.g. Enka, Pop)

A new Dance every 1-2 months

Try a new choreography every 1 – 2 months depending on the length and difficulty level of the dance


Benefit for additional modules: Learn how to wear kimono or schedule face-to-face sessions with a teacher if you have any questions

Lessons designed to make Learning a Cakewalk

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Learn the Choreography

  • Learn the steps and the meaning of each gesture one by one without music first
  • Understand the flow of the choreography by dancing it slowly together with your teacher
  • Memorize the choreography even better with video clips that are shot from behind or are mirrored (no need to figure out what’s left and right just follow the teacher’s movements on the screen as they are)
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Learn the fundamentals

Get a deep understanding of the kihon (fundamentals) of Nihonbuyo to advance quickly
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Learn the Kodougu (props)

Master the Kodougu (props) of each dance e.g. O-Sensu (fan), Tenugui (cloth), Katana (swords)

The Best Way to Learn Nihonbuyo


Learn top-level Nihonbuyo from a former Kabuki actor with more than 40 years of stage and teaching experience.


All lessons are with English subtitles or in English.

effective & efficient

Enjoy easy to understand lessons that you can watch as often as you want to advance quickly.


Become part of an exclusive community of Nihonbuyo-lovers to ask questions and exchange stories and tips.


Get access to add-on modules e.g. Kitsuke (the art of wearing kimonos), individual 1-on-1 training sessions or Osensu no Sugowasa (awesome fan tricks)


Shape the world’s first Nihonbuyo Online School by becoming an early adopter and providing your feedback

Get to now your Teachers

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Hanabusagoryu Hisateru

Hisateru-sensei (-teacher) is the head of the Hanabusagoryu, a Nihonbuyo school headquartered in Kyoto. The school was founded by his father Kanou-sensei, a highly regared Nihonbuyo professional and his mother Hisaka-sensei who grew up in the Kabuki world and received many national awards for her superior dancing skills.

Hisateru-sensei who has been practicing Nihonbuyo since he was 2 years old joined the Kabuki theater at the age of 17. After successfully finishing the comprehensive training for young Kabuki actors he joined the house of Nakamura Shikan VII, who was officially named Person of Cultural Merit and was famous for his outstanding dancing skills.

When turning 30 years old, Hisateru-sensei took over the Hanabusagoryu-school overseeing the training of 5 locations (Tokyo, Kyoto/Osaka, Yonago, Fukuoka, Imabari) across Japan. He’s focusing on making Nihonbuyo more accessible esp. for younger people by providing easy to understand and fun training, performances and online content.

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Hanabusagoryu ANNA

Anna joined the Hanabusagoryu-school in 2010 and received her teacher certificate in 2018.

She supports Hisateru-sensei in revolutionizing the image of Nihonbuyo not only in Japan but also across the world by creating (hopefully) entertaining articles and videos that show why Nihonbuyo is the best thing on the planet (because it is!) and make more people fall in love with it.

She enjoys dancing strong male and female roles, creating unique choreographies for foreign and Japanese POP songs and teaching students of all backgrounds and ages.

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Hanabusagoryu Anna Nihonbuyo
Hanabusagoryu Anna Nihonbuyo
Hanabusagoryu Anna Japanese Dance Nihonbuyo

About Hanabusagoryu

We are a Japanese Nihonbuyo school with locations in Tokyo, Kyoto/Osaka, Yonago, Fukuoka and Imabari and have set out to revolutionize Nihonbuyo.

Unfortunately, as you might know, Nihonbuyo doesn’t have the best image. It’s perceived as strict, difficult, expensive and a little bit boring.

But, we at Hanabusagoryu don’t agree with that (AT ALL!). We think Nihonbuyo is the most awesome performance genre there is.

Our mission is to make Nihonbuyo more accessible for many people by making it easier to understand and more fun. We do so by providing comprehensive training (not the old way of “watch and learn (or not)”), creating enjoyable performances (laughter, tears and surprises) and providing information and content openly. Last but not least, while taking our art very seriously but ourselves not so much :).

Now, we take our mission online to provide fun, comprehensive and great quality training to everyone who wants to give it a try.

Learn Nihonbuyo from the best, whenever you want and wherever you are.

Get on the waiting list today!

Get your questions answered

The school is still in the making. The more people sign up, the faster you get access. So, set yourself on the waiting list and be the first to get invited to join!
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No, all lessons will be either held in English or with an English subtitle.
You can ask any questions in our exclusive online group or buy additional group or 1-on-1 lessons to ask a teacher directly.
Yes, you can buy additional 1-on-1 lessons with a teacher where you can ask all your questions if necessary.

If you sign up for our one week trial you will be able to access the content for the first week of online lessons for free. To start the trial you will need to create an account with Hanabusagoryu Online including valid payment information. The payment method you provide will NOT be charged with any cost during the trial period. Only if you choose to extend your subscription beyond the trial period the first payment will occur.

If you choose to not extend your subscription beyond the trial period no charges will occur. After cancelling your trial you will not be able to access the trial content or any other subscriber-only content.

We accept credit cards as well as PayPal.

Month to Month
You can cancel your subscription anytime . If you cancel within the trial period you’re credit card will not be charged.

Should you cancel after the trial period has ended and your first payment has been proceeded,  your payment is non-refundable, and your service will continue until the end of that month’s billing period.

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You can cancel your subscription anytime. If you cancel within the trial period (first 7 days) you will not be charged.

Should you cancel after the trial period has ended and your first payment has been proceeded, your payment is non-refundable, and your service will continue until the end of your contracted term.

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