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Higashi-Nagano Sasara

Location: Toyokawa, Daisen City
Site(s) of performance: Kōshin Monument, former Renshōji Temple, Wakeikazuchi Shrine, Kannon Temple, Sakanoue-Hachiman Shrine, Noda Shrine, Tenzōin Temple, and other places in the community
Date(s): July 22, August 7, 9, 13, 14, and 17–19, and September 9
Category: Sasara and Horse Dance
It is believed that the sasara dance was initiated here by Iwasawa Sasuke, who came to Akita with Lord Satake in the early 17th century. There is a commemorative monument for Iwasawa Sasuke as the founder of Higashi-Nagano Sasara. According to a local elderly, the lion dance requires the same movement of feet as martial arts do. The sword on the nose tip of the lion head is like a ninja’s combat item. In addition, the lion performers dance with a sword at the waist. Overall, the lion dance was a good way to prepare people for battle.

About Sasara and Horse Dance (Koma-Odori)