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Memeki Bayashi

Location: Memeki, Yuwa, Akita City
Site(s) of performance: Takao Shrine
Date(s): July 7 (the evening before the annual festival of Takao Shrine)
Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Furyū
Memeki Bayashi is dance and music performed as an offering at the annual evening festival of Takao Shrine at Memeki. A scaffold is set up on the premises of the shrine, around which people dance in a white kimono with a red skirt (hakama) and a fan. It was started in the old days when farmers learned a kind of okoto dance and performed it to pray for bumper crops.

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