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Prefectural Designated Intangible Cultural Property Chigo no Mai (Dance of the New Born) of Kawaguchi-Asama Shrine    



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Local people call Chigo no mai dedicated to Kawaguchi-Asama Shrine Odaidai and think of it as Daidai-kagura. This is a beautiful dance dedicated by about 10 girls aged 7 or 8 to 12 in Magomi Matsuri, which is the regular festival on April 25 and the Daidai-kagura festival held on July 28. In the Daidai-kagura festival held on July 28 every year, Chigo no mai is dedicated in the order of [1] Gohei no mai, [2] Ogi no mai, [3] Ken no mai, [4] Happo no mai, and [5] Miyameguri no mai. On the lower side, one middle-aged man serves to play the drum and the kakko (a small hourglass drum struck with two wooden sticks) and three middle-aged men serve to play the flute. At 10 oclock in the morning, dancers in pure and innocent outfits, a white garment, chihaya, battle surcoat, scarlet tasuki (cross brace), and scarlet sashinuki (hakama or skirtlike trousers) on and with a long, white and thin strip of noshi paper and diadem on their hair advance before the god, to whom their dances are dedicated. Opinions are divided as to the origin of the dance, but it is said that the dance was dedicated before the ascent of Mt. Fuji in the Edo period when the Mt. Fuji faith was flourishing.

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