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Tōshi Bangaku

Location: Toshi, Nikaho City
Site(s) of performance: Toshi Community Center, the Miura family’s residence, and other places in the community
Date(s): August 13, 14, and 19
Designation: Prefecture-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Shishimai and Bangaku
This bangaku belongs to the Honkai School of bangaku, the shugen ascetics’ bangaku which is practiced in many communities in the area around Mt. Chokai. Its origin goes back to a shugen, the priest Honkai, in the 17th century. Tōshi Bangaku has a good variety of dance numbers, mostly lion dances. It is characteristic of Tōshi Bangaku that many of those numbers are of a very old style.

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