Maegō Kagura (Designated by the city as Dainichi Kagura)
Location: Maego, Yurihonjo City
Site(s) of performance: Hie Shrine Kagura Hall and Ōhirume Shrine
Date(s): September 7 and 8
Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Maegō is where Takizawa Castle stood in the 17th century and was the center of former Yuri Town. The kagura of Maegō belongs to the school of Ise Dai-Kagura. What is interesting concerning Maegō Kagura is that it includes Okame Dance, which replicates the dance of Amenouzume in the myth of Amaterasu’s seclusion in a cave, which attracted Amaterasu (the Sun God) out of the cave and saved the world.