Location: Nakazawa and Yakeno, Kado, Mitane Town
Site(s) of performance: Various places in Nakazawa and Tatemura (Yakeno)
Date(s): August 13 and 14
Designation: Town-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Shishimai and Bangaku
The Nakadate Bangaku is performed every year alternately by the communities of Nakazawa and Tatemura. According to the legends, its origin goes back further than the Edo era (17th–19th century). Hunters from Nekko (former Ani Town) came here to sell hides and bears’ gall (a medicinal substance) and taught the villagers this bangaku. For this reason, Nakadate Bangaku is close to Nekko Bangaku.
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