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Niiyama Kagura

Location: Niiyama, Omonogawa-machi, Yokote City
Site(s) of performance: Yudonosan Shrine
Date(s): August 13 (no longer practiced at the time of survey in fiscal year 2012)
Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Dai-Kagura
A mountain ascetics’ kagura was brought to Yudonosan Shrine during the Kan-ei period (1624–1643). It is not clear whether the same is true of Niiyama Kagura. The role of one lion is performed by two people in the same way as Ise Dai-Kagura. The lion dance here is said to be performed to appease the spirits of dead priests, ascetics, and villagers.

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