Warabi-za Theatrical Company
About the Folk Arts Research Center
For the past 30 years, Warabiza has maintained a folk arts research center with a library containing 150,000 folk songs and 5000 folk dances. This is part of Warabiza's ongoing effort to preserve and record the depth and variety of the performing arts as they are performed in communities throughout Japan. Warabiza has devoted considerable resources to preserving these dances and songs and has even developed its own notation system for preserving the dances. These archives have proven to be a valuable resource for researchers and other performance companies as well.