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Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi

Kinpō Kagura

Location: Konura, Nikaho City Site(s) of performance: Konoura-yama Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): February 4, April 23, and 2nd Sunday of May and the day before Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi Konoura Kagura is a big drum performance by the community of Motomachi and 5 other communities …

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Ashinazawa Ōdaiko (Ashinazawa Big Drums)

Location: Towada-Yamane, Kazuno City Site(s) of performance: Ashina Shrine, Yamane Agricultural Park, and other places in the community Date(s): August 14 Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi The Ashinazawa Ōdaiko were played mostly for the Bon dance in the area, and probably originated for that purpose. The big drums seem also …

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Sanbon-Ōgi Saisai

Location: Sanbon-ogi, Ota-machi, Daisen City Site(s) of performance: Miyauchi Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): August 20 (day of the annual festival at Miyauchi Shrine) and any other day Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi Saisai, popular in the area, is a kind of festival dance music with drums …

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Higashi-Imaizumi Hachiman Drums

Location: Higashi-Imaizumi, Ota-machi, Daisen City Site(s) of performance: Hachiman Shrine Date(s): August 14 (the day of Hachiman Shrine’s annual festival) Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi There existed a Higashi-Imaizumi Kagura in the old days, which, however, disappeared more than 200 years ago and is only known in little detail. Higashi-Hachiman Drums was started in 1980 with …

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Tsuchizaki-Minato Bayashi

Location: Tsuchizaki, Akita City Site(s) of performance: Tsuchizaki Shinmei Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): July 20 nad 21Designations: State-Designated Important Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property; UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi This is music (hayashi) for the yama float …

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Masuda Fukushima-Saisai

Location: Fukushima, Masuda-machi, Yokote City Site(s) of performance: Gassan Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): September 14 and 15 (the annual festival of Gassan Shrine) Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi According to legend, Satake Yoshimasa, lord of the Akita Domain, visited here in August 1811. To entertain the …

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Oyama Bayashi

Location: Kakunodate-machi, Semboku City Site(s) of performance: Shinmei Shrine, Yakushidō Temple, Satake-Kita Family’s Residence, and other places in the community Date(s): September 7–9.Designations: State-Designated Important Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property; UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi From September 7 to 9, when …

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Ōyu Big Drums

Location: Towada-Oyu, Kazuno City Site(s) of performance: Daienji Temple and other places in the community Date(s): August 15 Designation: Prefecture-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi The origin of this big drum festival is that the local government of Nambu Domain hoped to lift the morale of warriors with the energetic beats of …

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Imaizumi-Gion Bayashi

Location: Kawamae, Mutsuai, Jumonji-machi, Yokote City Site(s) of performance: Gion Shrine, Eisenji Temple, and other places in the community Date(s): August 14 and 15 Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi In 1828, the village purchased a mikoshi (divine palanquin) in Kyoto. The villagers who went to Kyoto to bring the mikoshi …

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Furuuchi Kagura

Location: Ishikawara, Sagae, Jumonji-machi, Yokote City Site(s) of performance: Shinzan Shrine Date(s): September 7 and 8 Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi Furuuchi Kagura, despite the name, consists only of music, without song or dance. It is performed only by children on the occasion of the annual ritual of Shinzan Shrine with big drums, small drums, hand …

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