Location: Hitoichi, Hachirogata Town
Site(s) of performance: Hitoichi Shrine and other places in the community
Date(s): May 5
Designation: Prefecture-Designated In tangible Cultural Property
Gannin Dance is a furyū dance performed at the annual festival of Hitoichi Shrine, which was also called Suwa Shrine in the old days. Its origin is unclear, but is presumed to have started by the middle of the Edo era (1600–1868) by travelling performers. The dancers characteristically move the right arm with the right leg and the left arm with the left leg, which is called the Itchoku style of dancing.