'Shall We Dansu ?': Dancing with the 'West' in contemporary Japan

  title={'Shall We Dansu ?': Dancing with the 'West' in contemporary Japan},
  author={Ofra Goldstein-Gidoni and Michal Daliot-Bul},
  journal={Japan Forum},
  pages={63 - 75}
In this article we offer a reading of the film 'Shall We Dansu ?' as a cultural text which sheds light on the intriguing theme of the various ways in which things Western and the 'West' as a cultural concept are played with in contemporary Japan. Social dancing has been regarded, from the time of its introduction to Japan in the 1930s, as a Western social skill. While ballroom dancing often has the qualities of 'alternative realities',we argue that in Japan one of these alternative realities is… Expand
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