From Kagura to Tokudashi

From Mythology to Reality

The Kagura is an ancient Japanese festival commemorating the myth in which the goddess Ama-no-Uzume danced before an assembly of gods, a dance during which she displayed her yoni.

This festival, and the underlying myth, have led to the modern Tokudashi, the Japanese name for a unique show performed in the red light districts of cities such as Kyoto, Osaka and Tokyo.

Neither conventional striptease nor peepshow in the Western sense, it is more or less an ancient myth in a modern disguise. You can form your own idea about this unique event by reading the following three texts:

Literature / Sources

Ian Buruma. Behind the Mask. New American Library, 1984.
Rufus C. Camphausen. The Yoni.
Eric van Lustbader. White Ninja. Fawcett Crest, 1990.