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Dainichidō Bugaku

Location: Hachimantai, Kazuno City
Site(s) of performance: Ōhirumemuchi Shrine
Date(s): A day in December (depending on the community) and January 2
Designation: State-Designated Important Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property, UNESCO list of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Category: Bugaku
This is a dance of Ennen delivered on January 2 at Ōhirumemuchi Shrine (alias Dainichidō) in Azukisawa. The date of foundation of Ōhirumemuchi Shrine is unclear, but it was prior to 718, when Empress Genshō issued an order for its reconstruction. At the inauguration of the reconstructed building, musicians and dancers came from Kyoto and offered bugaku. That performance initiated the tradition of Dainichidō Bugaku.

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