The mission of the Sho-Jo-Ji Japanese Dancers is to perform and preserve classical and folk dances from Japan. The dancers wear the traditional costume, a vibrant kimono tied with a brocaded obi belt. Brightly colored fans and delicate tissue paper parasols are used with graceful gestures to depict the stories and moods of the dances. Some of these dances have been enjoyed for centuries. Most dances are from the Nishikawa school of Japanese dance and the Takarazuki style.