It has become a cultural icon eaten on special holidays or even given as gifts. It is well documented that males are the minority in dance education environments (risner, 2007). Today, takoyaki is very popular throughout japan. Saw an all-male line up for the six available awards as well. Want more? be the first to know about everything that happens on the blog. In light of the lack of male representation in dance, the bbc young dancer of the year award seems to have provided boys and men with a platform in which to be valued and recognised.