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Local performing art in Suginami (Produced in 2001)    



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This video begins with the mochi-pounding song of Takaido and records local performing art in Suginami. Asagaya-bayashi is said to have begun around the end of the Edo period, and is dedicated at the big annual festival of Shinmeigu Shrine in September every year. Igusa-bayashi is said to be handed down from Asagaya-mura in 1852, and is dedicated at the annual big festival of Igusa-Hachimangu Shrine every year. In 1976, a conservation society was organized. Takaido-bayashi is said to be handed down by the chief priest of Shimotakaido Hachimanngu Shrine, and there is a record reporting that ohayashi (musical accompaniment) was performed at Palace Plaza in 1890. Narimune-bayashi was observed in the precincts of Suga Shrine from the beginning of the Meiji period to 1935 but due to a shortage of staff, ohayashi was temporarily suspended but made a comeback in 1984 and has been handed down to date. Ohmiyamae-bayashi is inherited by Ohmiyamae Local Performing Arts Conservation Society. Ohmiyamae sato kagura, which has been handed down since around 1855 is still performed, too, and is the only one sato kagura handed down in this block. The kagura is dedicated at the regular annual festival of Kasuga Shrine in September.

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