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Ōkurisawa Kagura Shishi

Location: Kurisawa, Chokai-machi, Yurihonjo City
Site(s) of performance: Hachiman Shrine
Date(s): February 10 and August 16 (no longer practiced at the time of survey in fiscal year 2011)
Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Dai-Kagura
Ōkurisawa Kagura Shishi is also called Daidai Kagura and is one of many variants of Ise Dai-Kagura and is practiced here since the end of the Edo era (1600–1868). On August 13, the lion dances as an offering to the gods and purifies the worshippers. The main performer puts the lion head on his own head and holds the bell in the right hand and the gohei (decorated wooden wands) in the left hand. The body of the lion is held by three persons from inside.

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