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Tashiro Bon Dance

Location: Tashiro, Futatsui-machi, Noshiro City Site(s) of performance: Various places in the community Date(s): August 13 and 1st Sunday of September Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Furyū Tashiro Bon Dance is performed twice, at Obon (mid-August) and in early September. Until the early 20th century, four communities (Takayashi, Mukaeda, Hachibei, and Shichimura) practiced …

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Hataya Yakko Dance

Location: Hataya, Minehama, Happo Town Site(s) of performance: Chōsenji Temple, the cemetery, and other places in the community Date(s): August 16 Category: Furyū The yakko dance (samurai servants’ dance) is practiced at Hataya. This yakko dance is said to have been brought here originally from Dōji (Noshiro City), but later the yakko dance of Mizusawa …

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Shimobu Street Dance

Location: Tobune, Futatsui Dance Site(s) of performance: Atago Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): July 24 Category: Furyū This is one of the dance performances offered at the annual festival of Atago Shrine. It is also a street dance that goes through the town. What is characteristic of this street dance is that …

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Hanawa Neputa

Location: Hanawa, Kazuno City Site(s) of performance: In districts of the city, the open space in front of Kazuno-Hanawa Train Station, and Inamura Bridge Date(s): August 7 and 8 Category: Furyū Hanawa Neputa is a kind of Tanabata Festival of the Neburi-Nagashi type, which means ‘to wash away evil spirits.’ At Hanawa, large pentagonal lanterns …

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Karakaranzu

Location: Odate City Site(s) of performance: Anywhere Date(s): Anytime Category: Furyū Karakaranzu is a kind of folkloric song, which was also played for Bon dances. Karakaranzu is an alternate name for the Eurasian reed warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus), also called yoshikiri. The song is rather monotonous but people say it has certain elegance. Karakaranzu started in …

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Town Dance of Hanawa

Location: Hanawa, Kazuno City Site(s) of performance: Various places in the community Date(s): from late August to the day of Chushu-no-Meigetsu (the day of full moon closest to the autumnal equinox) Designation: Prefecture-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Furyū After the annual festival of Sakiwai-Inari Shrine, the districts in the town of Hanawa perform town …

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Taninai Amaterasu Sumemioya Shrine Sakibarai Dance

Location: Uwa-Nawashiro, Hachimantai, Kazuno City Site(s) of performance: Yasaka Shrine, Amaterasu Sumemioya Shrine, and other places in the community Date(s): August 15 and 16 (annual festival of the Amaterasu Sumemioya Shrine) Category: Furyū The Sakibarai Dance is a kind of exorcism dance that is performed before the departure of a mikoshi (a religious palanquin carrying …

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Ani Karame Bushi

Location: Ani Silver Mine, Kita-Akita City Site(s) of performance: Anywhere Date(s): Anytime Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Furyū The Ani Silver Mine was the largest mine in Japan in the mid-18th century, constituting a source of precious revenue for the government of the Akita Domain. Karame was a process in mine production where …

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