Mizuokano Lion Dance


Location: Yokooka, Kisakata-machi, Nikaho City
Site(s) of performance: The open space in front of the Oyakata House and the place where Anjūji Temple once stood
Date(s): August 13, 14, and 26 and the 210th day from the First Spring Day (around September 1) (no longer practiced at the time of survey in fiscal year 2011)
Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Shishimai and Bangaku
The Mizuokano Lion Dance belongs to the Honkai School of lion dance. As there is a copy of a back screen of 1857, we can surmise that it had been practiced here since sometime before that date. It is said that the bangaku-lion dance of Arasawa was first brought to Iseiji and then to Mizuoka. The dance of Iseiji and that of Mizuokano are considered brothers. Some dances are danced with the mask and some others without it.

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