Location: Koyawatari, Ani, Kita-Akita City
Site(s) of performance: Kumano Shrine and other places in the community
Date(s): August 13 in the lunar calendar and the indefinite date for the closing dance (no longer performed as of the time of the survey in fiscal year 2011)
Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Shishimai and Bangaku
Kōyawatari Bangaku was practiced by a youth organization called Dōshinkai. They used to set up a stage at the Horsehead Kannon Temple to perform Kōyawatari Bangaku all night. It is unclear when it started here, probably sometime around the turn of the 17th century.
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