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Atami City , Shizuoka Related category:
Kashima Odori dance of Kinomiya Shrine an Intangible Folk Cultural Property designated by Shizuoka Prefecture    



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The Kashima Odori dance is a performing art which is thought to have been started by believers in Kashima Shrine in the Kashima district of Hitachinokuni (present-day Ibaraki Prefecture) and then spread through sea routes. It is also known as "Miroku Odori." It is found at more than 20 places on the west side of the shoreline in the Sagami Bay, the northernmost point being found in Ishibashi, Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, and the southernmost point in Hotsukawa, Higashi Izu-cho, Shizuoka Prefecture. In Atami City, it has been handed down with slight modifications at five shrines: Kinomiya Shrine, Taga Shrine, Shimotaga Shrine, Ajiko Shrine, and the Hatsuki Shrine.
The dance is performed either in a circle or in a square based on 25 people lining up in five lines and five rows, carrying a taiko (drum), a kane (gong), an ogonhishaku (gold dipper), a higata (sun shape), a tsukigata (moon shape), a nusa (offerings), etc. in their hands. Several more singers and guards join in the group and perform the dance at the Annual Grand Festival of Kinomiya Shrine in July every year.

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