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Hatoyama-machi , Saitama Related category:
Yatai-bayashi (musical accompaniment) of Moro Shrine Hatoyama-machis Designated Intangible Folk Cultural Property    

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Hatoyama-machi is located nearly at the center of Saitama Prefecture. There are Kantos largest kiln remains, where sueki (earthen vessels) of ancient times are excavated. Hatoyama-machi used to be a pottery village that took on the job of producing kokubunji-gawara (roof tiles). In the Edo period, Hatoyama-machi is said to have flourished as a post station of nagashi-ikada (lumber felled upstream made into rafts and floated on the river). In Kumai block of Hatoyama-machi, there is Moro Shrine. Moro Shrine is an ancient shrine representing the area. On the third Saturday of July, Yatai-bayashi is dedicated at the festival of Yasaka Shrine in the precincts. This musical accompaniment is said to follow the Ohashi school of Kanda-bayashi of Edo. The musical accompaniment is performed on one large drum, two small drums, one gong, and one flute. About eight main musical pieces are played, and to the musical pieces, dances of people wearing a fat-faced womans mask or a distorted male mask, dances of ebisu (deity of commerce), lion dances, and others are performed.

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