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Location: Bugyomen, Kawanishi, Yurihonjo City
Site(s) of performance: Shiratori Shrine and other places in the community
Date(s): 2nd Saturday of April (annual festival of Shiratori Shrine)
Category: Dai-Kagura
Bugyōmen-Kagura is derived from Ise Dai-Kagura. Dancers and musicians are clearly separated. Music is played with drums, Japanese flutes, and gongs. The program consists of primary dances and a secondary dance. The primary dances include Mitsu-Ashi (Three Steps), Gohei (Decorated Wooden Wands), Suzu (Bells), and Kurui (Madness). At the Suzu (bells) dance, two dancers dance together under the skin of the lion. At the Kurui (Madness) dance, a player of sasara (a wooden percussion instrument played with a rubbing stick) shows up and dances around the lion. The secondary dance is by Okame and Tōhachi, who talk and dance together.

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