Kushi Shrin Shagiri
Location: Himeno, Nikaho City
Site(s) of performance: Kushi Shrine and other places in the community
Date(s): 2nd Sunday of September
Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Shagiri is a lively Shinto festival with music and dance. At the Kushi Shrine’s annual festival, the mikoshi (divine palanquin) circulates in the community and a music float and dancers follow it to seven communities in the area. Music is played with drums, Japanese flutes, gongs, and shamisen (three-stringed traditional Japanese musical instruments). It is unknown when this shagiri started. The existence of an old plate of offerings in the Kaei period (1848–1854) means that it had started at least by that time.