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Tsushima City , Nagasaki
(Kamiagata-machi)
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Inasaku Odori (rice cropping dance) Ayakiri Kanatehon Chushingura Ushiwakamaru    



Digest: 3 minutes
Entire story: 71 minutes
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The film introduces six folkloric performing arts inherited in three districts of Kamiagata-machi.
Ayakiri (Seta district): The origin is said to date back to the beginning or middle of the Edo Period (1603-1867), and Ayakiri is a song that covers scenic beauty and dangerous paths from the Port of Izuhara to Imazato-mura, with six persons dancing to a musical accompaniment of song and drums.
Kanatehon Chushingura: A dance that comprises a total of 10 acts dramatizing the fictional account of the revenge by the forty-seven ronin (masterless warriors) of the death of their master with the time shifted to the Muromachi Period.
Ayakiri (Minato district): Fourteen dancers dance to songs that cover the scenic beauty of the Minato district and with an accompaniment of drums.
Ushiwakamaru (Minato district): A dance expressing how Tokiwa Gozen, mother of Ushiwakamaru, appears and asks Ushiwakamaru to take her revenge.
Sasaki Ganryu (Minato district): A dance to the narrative whereby Sasaki Ganryu attacks Yoshioka Tarozaemon in the dark to get his revenge on Tarozaemon.
Inasaku Odori (Enokida district): It is said to have started in the Edo Period (1603-1867) and has a history dating back about 300 years. It is a dance that reproduces the rice cropping process from tilling the ground to rice milling.

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