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Mine City , Yamaguchi Related category:
Iwato no Mai    

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This dance is dedicated to Hara Hachimangu enshrined in Nishiatsu-cho, Mine City.

During the mid-Edo period (1603-1867), poor crops, major famine and plague struck these regions and the villagers went to Izumo to invoke the gods for abundant crops and perfect health, and received instructions for a dance handed down in that place. After they came home, they taught the dance to other villagers. On November 7 every year, the dance was dedicated before the altar on the night of the annual festival, and has been continuously performed right up to the present.

The dance is connected to the historical fact of mythology Opening of the Gate of the Celestial Rock Cave and during the nighttime, the dance is dedicated in a 3-jaku (about 1-meter)-square area before the altar, with male performers of the district, and both dance and musical performers attired in white; wearing eboshi or headgear worn by nobles in court dress and white Japanese socks. The dances followed by Tengai or canopy are divided into 12 pieces, namely Kakeuta, Sampai kagura, Kagura no mai, Sakaki no mai, Katana no mai, Hitomoshi no ji, Tokonarashi, Himemiya no mai, Kannagi no mai, Miko no mai, Tachikarao, and Yumi no mai, and dedicated over 2 hours to drum, flute, and chimes.

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