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Sasara and Horse Dance (Koma-Odori)

Ōbayashi Lion Dance (Ōbayashi Lion Dance)

Location: Kamimura-Shita, Kami-Koani Village Site(s) of performance: Kumano Shrine Date(s): August 13 Category: Sasara and Horse Dance This dance is performed every year on August 13 at the occasion of Obon (an annual Japanese Buddhist event for commemorating one’s ancestors). As to the origin of the dance here, some say it was first performed by …

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Izumi-Yōka Sasara

Location: Izumi-Yōka, Moritake, Mitane Town Site(s) of performance: Shinmei Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): July 1 (opening day), August 13 (prayer for ancestors), and September 1 (closing day) Designation: Town-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Sasara and Horse Dance The sasara dance of this region consists of a lion dance, stick dance, …

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