When people discuss Japanese interest in Western Culture the talk is often of American Country Western music, films, bourbon, Christmas and commercialism. But that isn't all of it. I haven't been to Japan but I suspect they are like other humans and are attracted to what is interesting, unique and beautiful in other cultures. And of course, as you might guess, we are talking specifically about tango in this case!

Check out the Japanese tango site Tango Cabeceo.

There are classes, milongas and more. The site is run by Kazuko Taniguchi, who discovered the tango while living in the USA in 2004. She was so enthused she went to Buenos Aires a month later. Two years later she went and stayed for six months. Her aim was to become a milonga dancer.
And there really are tango instructors everywhere. Note this tango school in Hong Kong.  They have been around for 12 years with courses taught by Keith McNab and Sunshine Chan. They advertise as the only consistently offered tango courses in Hong Kong.

The story began when McNab and Chan Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 became students of Pablo Inza and Gladys Fernandez during a visit the two made to Hong Kong to teach Argentine Tango in 1995. Chan and McNab then visited Argentina on numerous occasions to learn from instructors in the home of the tango. These visits were more than vacations as the two were constantly in private lessons group lessons or at milongas. And this is only part of their qualifications as instructors. Visit the Hong Kong Academy Website to to learn more. The site also has a great deal of tango information.

The pair were the winners, in 2007, of the “World Dance Experience 2007” tango competition in Argentina.


photo from simbatango.com

As I search around in cyberspace for interesting tango stories, tango dancers, tango clubs I also find neat tango sites that do, basically, what I do here--only often BETTER! One of these is Simba Tango.

Go to their site and have a look simbatango.com
I have been searching and researching online tango instructional videos and have even posted a few. I am trying to find some for the Argentine Tango first and then the American version.

The instructor here says she is trying to emulate the Milongueros, the "old men" who dance the tango in its Buenos Aires variation (in the first video). It is short but is good in its simplicity.

There are several videos from this same instructor and the second goes into more on style. I am not going to post all these but you can find them!

MORE to come and more regularly too!