Location: Horiminai, Daisen City
Site(s) of performance: Kōsenji Temple and Horio Shrine
Date(s): August 7, 13, and 19 and September 7
Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Sasara and Horse Dance
The origin of the sasara at Horiminai is said to go back sometime before the Edo era (1600–1868), but it is also said that the sasara was brought here by a shugen ascetic, Tōgen-Hōin, in the Kanbun period (1661–1672), and there is no decisive evidence for either theory. There is a scroll describing this sasara, which is preserved as a precious object. When the performers make a procession to the dancing stage, the priest holds that scroll as a kind of deity.