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Folkloric Performing Art of Nasu-machi - Hanpyo no Kannenbutsu    

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Entire story: 14 minutes
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The Hanpyo no Kannenbutsu is a Nenbutsu (Buddhist invocation) folk dance based on the legend of Yoshitsune and Benkei. It is told that in the Kamakura Period (1192-1333), a group of 12 men led by Yoshitsune and Benkei sheltered in the cave of Hanpyo (Akudo) on the way to Oshu, in the escape from Minamoto no Yoritomo, who was chasing them, and the dance was devised in order to pray for the repose of their souls. It has changed over the years into a ceremony of praying for a good harvest, the welfare of the family, and prosperous business, and is performed as a Nenbutsu dance twice a year at Kan no Iri (January) and Doyo (July). In order for it to be understood easily also by children, we have produced this film using Kirie (paper cutouts), and made parts of it into a story. We have also paid attention to conveying the efforts of local people to pass down this folkloric performing art.

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