Ani Karame Bushi
Location: Ani Silver Mine, Kita-Akita City
Site(s) of performance: Anywhere
Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
The Ani Silver Mine was the largest mine in Japan in the mid-18th century, constituting a source of precious revenue for the government of the Akita Domain. Karame was a process in mine production where miners crushed mineral stones with hammers. It was difficult work, and the Karame Bushi (Karame Song) was sung to ease their pain and fatigue.