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Tsukidate Kagura

Location: Jonai-Tsukidate, Yashima-machi, Yurihonjo City Site(s) of performance: Yasaka Hachiman Shrine, Yashima Shinmei Shrine, and other places in the community Date(s): April 14 and 15 and 2nd Saturday and Sunday of September (no longer practiced at the time of survey in fiscal year 2011) Category: Dai-Kagura Tsukidate Kagura is offered at the annual festival of …

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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 …

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Honkai Shishimai-Bangaku (Shimo-Momoyake-kōchū)

Location: Momoyake, Chōkai-machi, Yuri-Honjo City Site(s) of performance: The space in front of the Kōbō Cave, the community hall, and other places in the community Date(s): January 16, August 15 and 20, and mid-September (no longer practiced at the time of survey in fiscal year 2011) Designation: State-Designated Non-Tangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Shishimai and …

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Honkai Shishimai-Bangaku (Naka-Hitane-kōchū)

Location: Naka-Hitane, Chōkai-machi, Yuri-Honjo City Site(s) of performance: Shinmei Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): June 16 and mid-September Designation: State-Designated Non-Tangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Shishimai and Bangaku The name of Honkai Bangaku comes from the name of the priest Honkai, a shugen (Buddhist ascetic) of the 17th century who belonged to …

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Honkai Shishimai-Bangaku (Kami-Momoyake-kōchū)

Location: Momoyake, Chōkai-machi, Yuri-Honjo City Site(s) of performance: Mitake Shrine, the community hall, and other places in the community Date(s): January 16, August 15 and 16, and early November (no longer practiced at the time of survey in fiscal year 2011) Designation: State-Designated Non-Tangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Shishimai and Bangaku The name of Honkai …

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Honkai Shishimai-Bangaku (Kami-Hitane-kōchū)

Location: Kami-Hitane, Chōkai-machi, Yuri-Honjo City Site(s) of performance: Kami-Hitane Community Hall Date(s): late October Designation: State-Designated Non-Tangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Shishimai and Bangaku The name of Honkai Bangaku comes from the name of the priest Honkai, a shugen (Buddhist ascetic) of the 17th century who belonged to a temple affiliated with Sampō-in in Kyoto …

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Hirasawa Hachiman Shrine Okashira Rituals

Location: Hirasawa, Nikaho City Site(s) of performance: Hachiman Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): January 15 Category: Shishi-Kagura The performance mainly consists of the performance of the Lion Head Dance (also called the Twelve-Number Lion Dance), a kind of shishimai (lion dances). The performers go around the community and offer the dance of …

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Katano Bangaku

Location: Matsukidai, Saimyoji, Nishiki-machi, Semboku City Site(s) of performance: Kamasugi Shrine Date(s): September 16 (the evening before the annual festival of the shrine) (no longer practiced at the time of survey in fiscal year 2012) Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Shishimai and Bangaku Katano Bangaku is a mountain ascetics’ bangaku that was practiced …

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Motoki Shishimai

Location: Motoki, Nishimonai-Horimawari, Ugo Town Site(s) of performance: Shinmei Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): August 14 Designation: Town-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Shishimai and Bangaku It is called shishimai, but in fact it includes bangaku dance. The numbers passed down to date include a shinzen (offering-to-gods) dance with a fan in …

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