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Sound of ancient poetry - A local performing art that lives in Seito    



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The Mino Yoshida Bon Odori dance is performed wearing kasuri or splashed-patterned kimono with a braided hat adorned with artificial flowers and characteristically uses props such as yotsudake and uchiwa. It is said to have been begun by a Jishu saint, Donen Shonin, who prayed for the souls of the deceased and danced around at bon together with believers in around the 11th year of the Tensho era (1584).
The Heguri Jugoya Odori dance, which has been passed down since the Ansei (1854-60) and Bunkyu eras (1861-64), is a taiko (drum) dance performed gracefully by women clad in kasuri with tekko (manifers) and kyahan (gaiters) in time to kane (gongs) and taiko (drums) on the day of the jugoya (the full moon) in the eighth month of the Lunar calendar.
The Nakao Bo Odori dance, which is dedicated on the ninth day of the ninth month according to the Lunar calendar is a valiant dance, in which dancers pray to the gods for a good harvest and the dispelling of evils. The Kamiyo Kagura depicts the scene where the party of Niniginomikoto, the grandson of Amaterasu Omikami, who descended to Mount Takachiho in Hyuga proceeds to Misaki in Kasasa, the benevolent land.

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