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Hinoemata Kabuki - A subtle and profound beauty beyond time    

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The origin of Hinoemata Kabuki dates back to the Edo period (1603-1867). This peasant performing art, which has a history of more than 260 years since the Kansei-Bunka eras (1789-1818) in the middle of the Edo period, is said to have been brought to the village when a villager visited Edo (Tokyo) on the route to Ise Shrine and saw kabuki performed on the big stage and began teaching what he saw there to the villagers. Ever since, it has been passed down from father to son, and from son to grandson. In Hinoemata Kabuki, joruri, the original form of kabuki in its grandest form then popular in the Edo period, continues to live.
The kabuki is performed in order to dedicate it to the villages tutelary god on the Maiden stage in the precincts of Chinjunokami Shrine on the Atago no Kami Sairei festival held on May 12 and on the Chinju no Kami Sairei festival held on August 18 every year. The kabuki has been designated an Important Intangible Cultural Property of Fukushima Prefecture and the stage an Important Tangible Cultural Property of Japan, respectively.

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