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Tashiro Bon Dance

Location: Tashiro, Futatsui-machi, Noshiro City
Site(s) of performance: Various places in the community
Date(s): August 13 and 1st Sunday of September
Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Furyū
Tashiro Bon Dance is performed twice, at Obon (mid-August) and in early September. Until the early 20th century, four communities (Takayashi, Mukaeda, Hachibei, and Shichimura) practiced the sasara dance (shishima, or lion dance) and three communities (Nakamura, Nazaemon, and Dewa-Tashiro) practiced bangaku. In the 1860s, brides from Shimo-Iawakawa-Nagaomote brought Nekko Bangaku here and brides from Ani brought the horse dance and harvest dance here. In years of bad crops, women wore red clothes and danced to pray for a better harvest and to repel diseases.

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