Fushimi Kagura Lion Dance
Location: Fushimi, Chokai-machi, Yurihonjo City
Site(s) of performance: Taiheizan Shrine and other places in the community
Date(s): January 20, August 13 and 14, and early November
Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
While an overwhelming majority of bangaku in this area belong to the school of Honkai Bangaku, Fushimi Kagura belongs to the school of Ise Dai-Kagura. It is performed on January 20 at the annual festival of Taiheizan Shrine to pray for a good harvest of all crops and the health and safety of the community. On the evening of August 13 until past midnight, a lion dance visits the houses in the community. When the lion goes around the community, it used to perform a special dance called michigiri ‘cutting off the way’ at the community’s boundaries.