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Town Dance of Hanawa

Location: Hanawa, Kazuno City
Site(s) of performance: Various places in the community
Date(s): from late August to the day of Chushu-no-Meigetsu (the day of full moon closest to the autumnal equinox)
Designation: Prefecture-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Furyū
After the annual festival of Sakiwai-Inari Shrine, the districts in the town of Hanawa perform town dances one after another until the day of Chūshū-no-Meigetsu (the day of the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox). Youth associations are in charge of organizing the dance festivals. The music involves drums, Japanese flutes, gongs, and shamisen (three-stringed traditional Japanese musical instruments). It is believed that, around the end of the Edo era, popular songs of the days were brought here with dances.

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