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Significant intangible folk cultural asset of Kumamoto Prefecture Rokka no shishimai (the lion dance of Rokka) ~The water district Kashima-machi~    



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Shimo-rokka in Kashima-machi has been continuing the "Rokka no Shishimai (the lion dance of Rokka)", which was designated Kumamoto Prefectural significant intangible folk cultural asset in 1961. The dance is dedicated at the grand autumn festival of Rokka Shrine held on October 17 every year to pray for rich harvests of all grains. In the Rokka no Shishimai, "Deha," which represents the departure for a war, is danced at the beginning. Then, the dance called "Tsuri," which represents a playful performance between a child wearing warriors clothing and a lion which is manipulated by this ball manipulator, takes place. After that, the dance of "Bo-tsukai (stick manipulator)" is performed. This represents a child growing up to become an adult warrior who then fights a lion. The dance "Moya" is said to represent the exchange of love between a male lion and a female lion. Then the festival reaches a climax with the "Tana-agari." The lion climbs up a 20m high pole, grabs the peony flower and throws it to the crowd. It is said that whoever catches this peony can enjoy a perfect state of health for a whole year. The Rokka no Shishimai comes to an end when the "Wakare jishi (the parting of the lion)" is danced in the garden of the caretaker on the day after the great festival.

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