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A Visit To Japan

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A VISIT TO JAPAN (S8x32) 3C (4C set) Rik de Vroome Dances for Friends Three

1- 4 1M and 1L pass right shoulder to turn 2L and 2M both hands 1½. All finish opposite sides.(2)(1)
5- 8 2s1s set; 2s cross RH while 1s turn RH and face each other on 1st corner diagonal
9-12 1s set advancing passing left shoulder (while 1st corners set). 1M3L 1L2M turn both hands ending 1s facing each other on 2nd corner diagonal
13-16 1s set advancing passing left shoulder (while 2nd corners set). 1M2L 1L3M turn both hands, 1s end opposite sides. 2(1)3
17-24 Reel of 3 (6 bars) on the side (1s left shoulder to 1st corner); 1s turn RH, end facing down
25-32 1s lead down between 3s, cast up; 1s lead up between 2s, cast down. 213


A Visit to Japan
Rik de Vroome   Dances for Friends Three
Strathspey   8 x 32 bars   3 Couple Repeat   4 Couple Set   Longwise Set

  1-1   1M cross to 1L's place WHILE 1L cross down to 2M's place WHILE 2M dance up one place, finishing Mn facing down, Ls up;

  2-3   2M1L 1M2L turn both hands;

  4-4   2M cross to 1L's place WHILE 1M cast to 2L's place WHILE 1L turn on the spot WHILE 2L cross up to 1M's place, all finishing facing in;

  5-6   taking hands on the sides, 2s1s set facing partners;

  7-8   2s cross by the right WHILE 1s turn by the right to finish facing each other on the first corners' diagonal;

  9-10 first corners set WHILE 1s set advancing and pass left shoulders to finish facing first corners;

11-12 1s turn first corners with both hands, finishing facing each other on the second corners' diagonal;

13-14 second corners set WHILE 1s set advancing and pass left shoulders to finish facing second corners;

15-16 1s turn second corners with both hands, finishing in 2nd place on opposite sides, 1L facing up, 1M down;

17-22 2s1s3s reel of three on the sides, 1s giving left shoulder to first corners to start;

23-24 1s turn halfway by the right, finishing facing down and retaining hold;

25-32 1s lead down between 3s, release hold, cast up on own sides, take nearer hands to lead up between 2s, release hands and cast to second place.

(MAXICRIB. Scottish country dancing instructions compiled by Reuben Freemantle)

Dance Notes

  1-1   Very quick; it may prove necessary for 1s to cut the corner a bit.

  2-3   Cover in the turns.

  4-4   Very quick for 2s, especially 2L who has farther to go and a slightly awkward movement to finish facing in.

13-14 This is reminiscent of the start of the reel of four in bars 17-18 of The Robertson Rant.

31-32 On the 2nd, 4th and 6th repeats, 1s cast to third place on own sides, finishing 2s3s1s. This finish is used in every repeat of the 3-couple version of the dance.

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Japan (Japanese names for Japan are Nippon and Nihon) is an island country located in East Asia. It is bordered by the Sea of Japan to the west and the Pacific Ocean to the east, and spans more than 3,000 kilometers (1,900 mi) along the coast of the continent from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Philippine Sea in the south.

Part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan encompasses a stratovolcanic archipelago of about 6,852 islands, with five main islands (Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, Shikoku, and Okinawa) comprising 97% of the country's total area of 377,975 square kilometers (145,937 sq mi).

Japan is officially divided into 47 prefectures and traditionally into eight regions. Approximately two-thirds of the country's terrain is mountainous and heavily forested, and less than one-eighth of land is suitable for agriculture. Consequently, Japan is among the most densely populated and urbanized countries in the world, with over 90% of its population living in urban areas. The largest of these is the metropolitan area centered on the capital city of Tokyo, which is the most populous in the world and home to more than 38 million people. Japan itself is the world's eleventh most populous country with a population of 126.2 million, of which 97.8% are ethnically Japanese.

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Visit To Japan
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