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The Heian Period  
60 - Bugaku court dance costume for "Kocho (=butterfly)."
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1 kazashi (yamabuki no hana no ko-eda)
2 mae-tengai
3 mae-tengai no kazari no o or agemaki
4 sage-mizura
5 mochi-hana (yamabuki no hana no eda)
6 kocho no hane
7 ketteki no ho
8 sashinuki or nu-bakama
9 shikai

This dance is a children's dance frequently danced like "Garyohin" from ancient times as the entertainment for Buddhist mass. This is one of the clockwise dances. In the 6th year of Engi (906), when the ex-Emperor Uda appreciated children's Sumo Wrestling, Fujiwara no Tadafusa, the governor of Yamashiro, wrote the music, and the Imperial Prince Atsumi, the director of Education Ministry, composed the choreography. The composite figure in the picture shows a butterfly which dances and plays on a day in springB This dance is for four dancers.