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Okamoto Shinnai

Location: Imashuku, Omonogawa-machi, Yokote City
Site(s) of performance: Anywhere
Date(s): Anytime
Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Show (Misemono) and Music Entertainment
Around the turn of the 17th century, Izumo-no-Okuni established a new type of dramatized dance performances that people called kabuki, of which two major schools developed since then: Kamigata (Kyoto and Osaka) Kabuki and Edo (Tokyo) Kabuki. A traveling performer of Edo Kabuki, Izumi Dannojō, visited Numadate (in the former Omonogawa Town) and taught local girls a kind of dance, Okamoto Shinnai (the Okamoto school of Shinnai Dance). Local people call it Okamotokko with the hypocoristic suffix -kko.

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