Gomihori Rice Cake-Making Dance
Location: Gomihori, Kita-Akita City
Site(s) of performance: Tenshō-Kōtai Shrine
Date(s): 2nd Sunday of September
This is a dance around a rice cake mortar. The dance music has counting-down lyrics. After the dance, very small rice cakes prepared in square wooden boxes are thrown to the audience in prayer for bumper crops and home safety. Its origin is unclear, but is said to have imitated the rice-cropping and rice-cake-making dances of Higashidori Village (Aomori Prefecture).