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Iwanesawa Daidaikagura    



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It is said that the origin of Iwanesawa Daidaikagura was the Satokagura of the Date region in Fukushima Prefecture, which was introduced to this area in the early Meiji Period (1868-1912). All the performers impersonate gods based on mythology and put on masks which represent the gods. Normally three items are dedicated to gods. "Sarutanohiko no Kami" is a dance where a god called Sarutanohiko guides a tengus descent from heaven. The tengu is meant to be the greatest god among the Kunitsugami gods. "Yamatohime no Mai" depicts women dancing and the tempo is generally slow. "Uga no Mai" is a generally quick-paced fox dance and the performer carries a sanbo (tray) full of sweets and scatters them at the end of the dance. This dance represents the scene of sowing, where seeds are sown in the purified ground, in hope of a good harvest. The Iwanesawa Daidaikagura Preservation Society was formed in 1976 with the aim of reviving the Kagura and fostering successors and is working to that end.

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