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Shagiri of Kita-Fukuda

Location: Kita-Fukuda, Yurihonjo City
Site(s) of performance: Shinmei Shrine and Chōkokuji Temple
Date(s): August 22 (no longer practiced at the time of survey in fiscal year 2011)
Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Furyū
Shagiri originated in the practice of shugendo ascetics playing music on the mountains to avoid encounters with wild animals, which later became a means of repelling evil spirits. The Shagiri of Kita-Fukuda is performed by musicians and dancers. Its music is believed to be derived from Gion Music of Kyoto.

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