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小塩神楽 Koshio-kagura Koshio Kagura

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Koshio Kagura is a traditional folk performing art handed down since the Edo period (1603-1868) in Koshio in the Ina area, Minamiaizu Town, Fukushima Prefecture. It is designated as an important intangible folk cultural property by the town.

The kagura began in 1827 as the votive performance to Ichinomiya Katori Shrine, a branch shrine of Katori Shrine, which was the highest-ranked shrine in Kazusa province (present Sawara City in Chiba Prefecture).

The repertoire includes the kagura dance, the Hyottoko dance, the Okame dance, the Shoki dance and Watonai. Presently, volunteers of Koshio Kagura Preservation Association are making efforts to hand down the tradition. Visitors can see and lean the kagura dance at the town hall all through the year.
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成岩神社の祭礼 Narawa-jinja-no-sairei The Festival at Narawa Shrine

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Handa Spring Dashi (Float) Festivals are held in 10 districts of Handa City in Aichi Prefecture from early in March to late in May every year. The festival at Narawa Shrine is one of such float festivals that you can’t miss.

The four floats from the four towns in the district march through the streets. The oldest one was constructed in 1846 for the Kamihanda district and was taken over to this Narawa district. The highlight of the festival is the valiant gathering of the floats at Yurakucho Crossing.

After the gathering, the floats head for the shrine, where “Ojishi-Kojisi no Mai (the dances of big and small lions)” are dedicated by the dancers from all the four towns. They are the traditional performing art passed down since the Edo period (1603-1868). They are the combination of elegant big lion dances and comical small lion dances joined by Okame and Hyottoko. “Ojishi-Kojisi no Mai” is prefecturally designated as an intangible folk cultural property.
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