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Kasuda Sake Brewing Dance

Location: Kasuda, Odate City
Site(s) of performance: Anywhere
Date(s): Anytime
Category: Furyū
The Kasuda Sake Brewing Dance is a rare kind of furyū dance in Akita that replicates the process of small-scale sake brewing. Its origin goes back further than 1855. While singing the Misaina song, the performers wash rice, steam it, mix it with rice malt in a bottle, put in sake essence, and stir water into it. The performers further put a cloth over the bottle to let it develop, taste it from time to time, and finally congratulate each other on the successful sake-making, which probably represents congratulations on a rich rice harvest.

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