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Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi

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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Kawashiri Kashima Festival

Location: Kawashiri-Uenomachi, Akita City Site(s) of performance: Chinpō Shrine, Kimoirimachi Hall, and other places in the community Date(s): 3rd Sunday of June Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi The Kashima Festival is a folkloric ritual that was practiced after the rice-planting season in five communities in the Kawajiri area. Kashima Bayashi …

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Narayama Kashima Festival

Location: Narayama-Nobori-machi, Akita City Site(s) of performance: Kashima Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): 1st Sunday of July Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi The Kashima Festival of Narayama was traditionally held on May 23 in the lunar calendar, but the date has been adjusted to the modern calendar …

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Haykuochi Kashima-Nagashi

Location: Hyakumangari-Ochiai, Yokote City Site(s) of performance: Various Locations in the community Date(s): 2nd Saturday of July Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi Dance and music are performed at a folkloric ritual of Kashima-Nagashi. A small boat is made and pulled around the community in the evening. Small Kashima dolls made …

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Hanekawa Sword Dance

Location: Hanekawa, Shimohama, Akita City Site(s) of performance: Hachiman Shrine and other places in the community Date(s): 3rd Sunday of September Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi The community of Hanekawa, in the Shimohama area in Akita City, is a very old community. In the middle ages, it was governed by …

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Ōdate Bayashi

Location: A district in Odate City (Omachi District in 2011) Site(s) of performance: Various places in the community Date(s): September 10 and 11 Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi Ōdate Bayashi is a parade of music and music floats, performed at the annual festival of Odate Shinmei Shrine. From the early …

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Taninai Tabata Festival

Location: Taninai, Hachimantai, Kazuno City Site(s) of performance: various places in the community Date(s): 1st Saturday of August Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri Bayashi At Taninai, drum music is performed for the Tanabata Festival. Large pentagonal lanterns are lit on the yatai floats and taken around the community. This is a Neburi-Nagashi-type of ritual, which means …

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Tsuzureko Big Drums (Tsuzureko Ōdaiko)

Location: Tsuzureko, Kita-Akita City Site(s) of performance: Tsuzureko Shrine, the community center, and other places in the community Date(s): July 14 and 15 Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi The origins of Tsuzureko Big Drums go back to sometime before 1262. Drum music and dance (taiko-furyū), a lion dance, two-color processions (Gempei Shiro-Aka Gyōretsu), and a hot-water …

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