Min Tanaka

Min Tanaka
Born (1945-03-10) March 10, 1945
Occupation Dancer, actor

Min Tanaka (田中泯 Tanaka Min, born March 10, 1945) is a Japanese actor and dancer.


Tanaka was trained in ballet and modern dance, but in 1974, turned his back on these forms. He began his solo career with a series of nearly-naked primarily outdoor improvisational dances that took place throughout Japan, often dancing up to five times a day. For a time in the 1980s, he was associated with Hijikata Tatsumi and butoh, a loose genre of Japanese dance, but now has broken from that framework as well, and no longer uses that term to describe his dances.

From 1986 to 2010, Tanaka hosted dance workshops based in Body Weather, a movement ideology which "conceives of the body as a force of nature: omni-centered, anti-hierarchic, and acutely sensitive to external stimuli." In 1985, Tanaka and his colleagues founded Body Weather Farm, located four hours west of Tokyo, where he taught summer sessions lasting four to five weeks in Japanese and English. Much of the training workshop students received was centered on the labor of workaday tasks, primarily in agriculture. Tanaka taught that performing such tasks in their environments and with their accompanying physical stimulations functioned as a dance student's teacher itself, overturning the tradition of the environment taking on a subordinate role to the dance student's technique.[1]

He continues to experiment with new ways to use the body, including drawing inspiration from farming. Starting in 2002, he began to appear in movies and on television. He won the award for best supporting actor at the 26th Japan Academy Prize for The Twilight Samurai.[2]





  1. Fuller, Zack (2014). "Seeds of an anti-hierarchic ideal: summer training at Body Weather Farm, 2014". Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. 5 (2): 197–203. doi:10.1080/19443927.2014.910542. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  2. 第26回日本アカデミー賞優秀作品 (in Japanese). Japan Academy Prize. Retrieved December 16, 2010.

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