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Yodoe Sanko-bushi songs Zenidaiko, Kasaodori, and Kabenuri Sanko    

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The Yodoe Sanko-bushi songs are local folk songs, the origin of which goes back to the Genroku era of the Edo period, about 300 years ago. The songs are gaily performed to the accompaniment of sangen, drums and gongs. Their lyrics with their 7-7-7-5 rhythm are said to be the origin of the Yasuki-bushi.
Yodoe has flourished as a seaport town from olden times and a number of Kitamaebune or north-route ships used to call at the port. The Yodoe Sanko-busi songs were born as a result of mixing the folk songs sung by sailors from various regions and the Yodoes own folk songs, and enjoyed a boom in popularity from the end of the Edo period to the beginning of the Meiji period (late 19th century), being particularly treasured at drinking sessions.
In the course of time, the dance of the Kabenuri Ssanko, in which performers imitate plasterers plastering a soil wall comically according to a buoyant tempo, was started and has been performed at auspicious occasions such as topping-out ceremonies and weddings. The Zenidaiko and Kasaodori dances also started to be performed as auspicious performing arts.

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