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Nakazawa Bangaku

Location: Kami-Nakazawa, Nishime-machi, Yurihonjo City
Site(s) of performance: Ōyamatsumi Shrine
Date(s): August 13 (no longer practiced at the time of survey in fiscal year 2011)
Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Shishimai and Bangaku
Nakazawa Bangaku, which belongs to the school of Honkai Bangaku, has been performed at Obon every summer. It was started in 1785 as a prayer for better harvests after a serious famine hit the region in 1783. It was initially learned from the shishimai-bangaku of Momoyake, but the dance numbers and music have since become somewhat different.

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