Location: Imashuku, Omonogawa-machi, Yokote City
Site(s) of performance: Anywhere
Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Show (Misemono) and Music Entertainment
Around the turn of the 17th century, Izumo-no-Okuni established the dramatized dance performances that people called kabuki, of which two major schools developed: Kamigata (Kyoto and Osaka) Kabuki and Edo (Tokyo) Kabuki. A traveling performer of Edo Kabuki, Izumi Dannojō, visited Numadate (in the former Omonogawa Town) and taught the local girls a kind of dance, Okamoto Shinnai (the Okamoto School of Shinnai Dance). Sato Hama of Chuo-machi (Yokote City) became the successor to Dannojō and established the school of Okomotokko.