Nishime-Kataho Hachiman Shrine Kagura
Location: Kataho, Nishime, Yurihonjo City
Site(s) of performance: Hachiman Shrine and other places in the community
Date(s): April 14 and 15
Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
According to one theory, a kagura dancer was invited here in 1781 and taught villagers how to dance, but according to another theory, villagers from Kataho visited Ise Shrine and learned the kagura there. Either way, this kagura is derived from the Ise Dai-Kagura and is performed by two people as one lion. While the lion is dancing, the clown Saizō plays sasara (a wooden percussion instrument played with a rubbing stick) and moves around just in front of the lion.