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Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi

Akita Bayashi

Location: Yabase-Honcho-1-chome, Akita City Site(s) of performance: The area from Hiyoshi Hachiman Shrine to Omachi-2-chome Date(s): mid-September (the day of annual festival of Hiyoshi Hachiman Shrine) Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi While this is the music for the annual festival of Hiyoshi Hachiman Shrine, it is not played in the shrine, but only while the mikoshi …

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Yuzawa Gion Bayashi

Location: Sekiguchi, Yuzawa City Site(s) of performance: Hachiman Shrine, Yakushi Shrine, and other places in the community Date(s): 3rd Saturday and Sunday of September (the annual festival of Hachiman Shrine) Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi The Yuzawa Gion Bayashi is a festival music at the community of Mitsuseki, played at …

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Yokote Bayashi

Location: Yokkamachi, Yokote City Site(s) of performance: From each district in the town of Yokkamachi to Janosaki Bridge Date(s): August 15 and 16 Designation: Prefecture-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi Yokote Bayashi today is not music for a Shinto festival but for the folkloric rituals of Obon. It is played when people …

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Fukai Kashima-Okuri

Location: Fukai, Omonogawa-machi, Yokote City Site(s) of performance: Kashima Hachiman Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): 3rd Sunday of July Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi This is a folkloric performance art for the Kashima-Okuri rituals. After the rice planting and the first round of weeding, a decorated yatai float (Kashima ship) goes around the …

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Kashima-Okuri and the Kijita-Kitazawa Kashima Shrine Festival

Location: Kijita, Jumonji-machi, Yokote City Site(s) of performance: Kashima Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): The day before Marine Day (a national holiday on the 3rd Monday of July) Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi This ritual is performed at the annual festival of Kashima Shrine, where traditional dance music is played. The Kashima is …

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Tamura Bayashi

Location: Tamura, Taiyu, Yokote City Site(s) of performance: Tamura Community Center and other places in the community Date(s): August 22 Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi Tamura Bayashi was started in 1957 by creating a new dance with the elements of Bon dance music in Saisai Bayashi performances of nearby communities. Even though it is said to …

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Nabekura Bayashi

Location: Shimo-Nabekura, Hiraka-machi Site(s) of performance: Kashima Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): 3rd Sunday of July Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi Nabekura Bayashi is the music for the rituals of Kashima-Okuri, which used to be practiced on July 19 and now is held on the 3rd Sunday …

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Nankata Kashima-Okuri

Location: Nankata, Omonogawa-machi, Yokote City Site(s) of performance: Inari Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): the Saturday, Sunday, or holiday closest to July 16 Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi This is a folkloric performance art of dance music for the Kashima-Okuri rituals, which is organized by a special organization called Nenban, an Inari Shrine’s …

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Usui Kashima-Okuri

Location: Usui, Omonogawa-machi, Yokote City Site(s) of performance: Yasaka Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): Sunday in early July Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi This is a folkloric performance art of dance music for the Kashima-Okuri rituals, which is practiced after the rice planting season. Starting from Yasaka Shrine, the principal shrine of the …

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