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Wadomari-cho , Kagoshima Related category:
Traditional performing art of Wadomari-cho    

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The history of Wadomari-cho is divided into the Amanyu, Aju, Nahayu, and Yamatoyu periods. The Amanyu period refers to the time from primeval days to the 8th-9th centuries and was a time of village communities before hierarchical society set in. The Aju period was a time of hierarchical society governed by chieftains. During the 340 years from the third year of the Bunei era (1267) to the 14th year of the Keicho era (1609), the Ryukyu Dynasty governed the area. The foundation of culture, language and folkways inherited in the Okinoerabu Island was fostered during this time. Since then, the area has built its unique culture under the influence of the Ryukyu culture and handed it down till the present day.
Against such a background, Wadomari-cho has endeavored to preserve and hand down such a culture by designating various performing arts as Intangible Folk Cultural Properties, including Souchi Udui of Kunigami Village, Yakko, Shinubi Udui, Ashibi Udui of Tedechina Village, Shishimai Sensuru Bushi of Azefu Village, Nakazato Bushi of Tamajiro Village, and Shutomai of Nagamine Village.

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