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Yabuki Machi , Fukushima Related category:
Sanjo-me Shishimai (lion dance)/Hira Kuwa Odori (flat spade dance)    

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In the Sanjo-me district in Yabuki Machi, the San-biki shishimai is dedicated to the temples in the district once every four years. The origin of this tradition is said to be the presentation of three shishimai masks by the local Sagara family in the middle of the Edo period to Yuden, who was the resident priest of Keisho-ji Temple at that time. This dance has been performed continuously since then in accordance with Yudens will. One dancer is selected for each of three temples (Keisho-ji Temple, Choko-ji Temple, and Joken-ji Temple) from among the eldest sons (aged 9 to 10 years old) of parishioner families. The local "Kamakura Kai" association is responsible for preserving this event, and also selects and provides guidance to dancers. Following the "shishimai" performance, "hira kuwa odori" is performed. The origin of this dance is said to be dance performed by farmers holding "spades" in their hands to welcome a new feudal lord. On the day of the dedication ceremony, the party leaves the home of the Sagara family, dedicates a dance at Gorei Shrine, dedicates a dance at Keisho-ji Temple, visits each area within the district while performing a dance, dedicates dances at Choko-ji Temple and Joken-ji Temple, and then returns to the home of the Sagara family where a "naorai" (which is a party held at the conclusion of the ceremony) is held.

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