Wada Sasara

Location: Toyooka, Toyooka-Kinden, Mitane Town
Site(s) of performance: Satomi Shrine
Date(s): July 7, August 13–15, and September 1
Designation: Town-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Sasara and Horse Dance
The sasara here means a lion dance, but Wada Sasara also includes stick dances and yakko dances (samurai servants’ dances). It has been performed for a good harvest of all crops and appeasement of the spirits of the ancestors. The lions are three—two males and one female, each performed by one person. They have a particular kind of protocollary dance, Daibuchi Dance, which is danced at the beginning and end of the performance.

About Sasara and Horse Dance (Koma-Odori)