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Sendō Bangaku

Location: Kami-Sendo, Ugo Town
Site(s) of performance: Hakusan Shrine, the lion head keeper’s house, and other places in the community
Date(s): Mid-April and the days of Obon in August
Designation: Prefecture-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Shishimai and Bangaku
The troupe starts from the lion head keeper’s house to Hakusan Shrine with marching music. Once arrived in the shrine, the lion head is settled in front of the altar and the dancers perform the introductory dance and then the shishimai (lion dance) with the lion head. Afterwards, on the stage in the premises of the shrine, six primary numbers and six secondary numbers are performed: namely, the Gojōshi Dance (Dance of Announcement), Sanbansō, Tenshō-onkagura, Bushi (Warrior) Dance, and Tori (Bird) Dance as the primary numbers, and Itō-onkagura, Noboriori Princess Dance, Gojō Bridge, Flower Chariot Dance, Bushi (Warrior) Dance again, and Warabiori Princess Dance as the secondary numbers. Sendō Bangaku seems to be influenced by the School of Honkai Bangaku.

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