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Kunimi Sasara

Location: Kunimi, Ota-cho, Daisen City
Site(s) of performance: Junkei-Jizōdō Temple, Cemetery Park, Kunimi-Hachiman Shrine, and other places in the community
Date(s): July 7 in the lunar calendar (the day of annual festival of Junkei-Jizōdō Temple, August 13 and 15 in the modern calendar, and some indefinite day for the closing of the lion dance season
Designation: Prefecture-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Sasara and Horse Dance
The sasara dance of Kunimi goes back to old days, as is recorded on a scroll of ‘The Origin of Lion Dance of Obon,’ but the tradition was once interrupted before being revived in 1889. The dance was then copied from Dōnokuchi Sasara of Shiraiwa.

About Sasara and Horse Dance (Koma-Odori)