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The Hakonegasaki Shishimai    



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The origin of the Hakonegasaki shishimai (lion dance) is not known. However, Hanroku Yamada wrote in his "Saiseiki" (a record of revival) that it used to be actively performed in the Edo period but was discontinued in 1864 during the turmoil at the end of the Edo period. Then, in the middle of the Meiji period (1868-1912), people concerned were asked their opinions concerning whether to revive the tradition or not. In the end, people opted for its revival and thus the ritual had a second life - "revival in Meiji." A temporary ceremony for the tutelary shrine was held on October 13, 1893, and the shishimai was dedicated. After that, it was also dedicated in ceremonies at Sayama Shrine and Kato Shrine in the Taisho period (1912-1926). People in Hakonegasaki have prayed for good harvests, rain, and the welfare of the household through the dedication of the shishimai. A preservation society was formed in 1969 and it was designated an Intangible Folk Cultural Property by the town authority in March, 1972. It is valued as one of the towns traditional folkloric performing arts.

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