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Sukagawa City , Fukushima
(Naganuma-machi)
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Mikoshi Togyo Sai (portable shrine togyo festival) of Yakumo Shrine and Taiko Jishi (drum lion) of Hokotsuki Shrine    



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There are two characteristic folk arts in the Naganuma district of Sukagawa City (former Naganuma-machi, Iwase-gun). The first is Mikoshi Togyo (portable shrine togyo), which is performed at the main festival of Kinosaki Yakumo Shrine on the day before the second Sunday of the seventh month (the main festival day) in leap years of the old calendar. This Mikoshi Togyo is characterized by its shishi kagura which is called dashifuri and is performed prior to Mikoshi Togyo, where children wearing gorgeous costumes and holding gunbai (military leader fans) manipulate the shishi (lions) in a valiant manner. This performance takes place in eight traditional dance performance stages located within the Kinosaki district. The second is Taiko Jishi, which is performed at the main festival of the Hokotsuki Shrine Festival, held on the first day of the tenth month (the main festival day) in leap years of the old calendar. This folk art is characterized by the shishi kagura (lions music and dance) which is called mukade-jishi (centipede lion) and involves an ancient manner of dancing similar to gigaku performed to drumming by children wearing magnificent costumes. The performing group dances along with the parade of Mikoshi Togyo where the goshintai (the holy object symbolizing the spirits of god), which had been moved from the main shrine to the temporary housing on the eve of the main festival (during the Yoi Matsuri held on the 30th day of the ninth month), returns to the main shrine taking as long as four hours for its procession.

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