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Kushi Shrine Lion Head Dance (Hatsu-uma Rituals)

Location: Himeno, Nikaho City Site(s) of performance: Kushi Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): Hatsu-uma (i.e., the first Day of the Ox in February) Category: Shishi-Kagura The performance mainly consists of the Lion Head Dance (also called the Twelve-Number Lion Dance), a kind of shishimai (lion dance) on the occasion of the Inari …

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Matsudate-Tenmangū Shrine Sandaisan Gongen Dance

Location: Matsudate, Hachimantai, Kazuno City Site(s) of performance: Sugawara Shrine Date(s): April 25 Designation: Prefecture-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Shishimai and Bangaku Matsudate-Tenmangū Shrine (alias Sugawara Shrine) was founded either in 1300 or in 1022 under the authority of Kitano-Tenmangū in Kyoto with Sugawara Michizane as its main deity. It is believed that the …

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Ōgoto Shishimai

Location: Higahi-Yurishuku Site(s) of performance: Mitake Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): August 13 Category: Shishimai and Bangaku This shishimai (lion dance) belongs to the school of Honkai Shishimai. There used to be a shitamai (pre-dance) before the shishimai and sword dances and fan dances after. Only the shishimai has been passed down …

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Shagiri of Nakabashi

Location: Nakabashi, Kisakata-machi, Nikaho City Site(s) of performance: Hachiman Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): 3rd Saturday and Sunday of May Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Furyū Shagiri is a Shinto festival with lively music and dance. It does not have a clear starting date but is probably a development of …

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Nagamine Hachiman Shrine Sakibarai Dance

Location: Nagamine, Hachimantai, Kazuno City Site(s) of performance: Hachiman Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): The Saturday and Sunday closest to July 15 Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Furyū Sakibarai Dance is a kind of exorcism dance that is performed before the departure of a mikoshi (a religious palanquin carrying a …

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