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Kaizawa Karausu-Karami

Location: Kaizawa, Fushimi, Chokai-machi, Yurihonjo City
Site(s) of performance: Anywhere
Date(s): Anytime
Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Furyū
Karausu-Karami is a dance of four dancers around an empty rice cake mortar (karausu). The four dancers hold karami sticks, poke the sticks into the mortar as if making rice cake, touch the edge of the mortar with the sticks, and jump up and down around it. This kind of dance started in the early 17th century and was popular in the territory of Yashima Domain, where it was often danced in front of Lord Ikoma and at shrine festivals.

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