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Tamura City , Fukushima
(Funahiki Machi)
Related category:
Yatsu-gashira Shishimai (eight-headed lion dance), etc.    

Digest: 3 minutes
Entire story: 98 minutes
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"Shirayama Hime Jinja" is enshrined in Ashizawa, Funahiki Machi, and on the third Sunday in April every year, eight groups of lion dancers gather at the shrine to compete with each other in their dedications of shishimai dances. The eight groups are: Ogata-hora, Naka-hora, Hongo-hora, Kashiwa-bara-hora, Minami-hora, Kurakake-hora, Yamada-hora, and Yoko-tsuchi-hora. They perform four dance items of "Maku-mai," "Hei-mai," "Yaguruma," and "Kurui-mai."
In this video, Hongo-hora performs Maku-mai, Naka-hora performs Hei-mai, Kashiwa-bara-hora performs Yaguruma, and Ogata-hora and Yoko-tsuchi-hora perform Kurui-mai. In the latter half of the video, "Meoto shishimai (wife and husband lion dance)," which has been designated as a Funahiki Machi intangible cultural asset, is introduced. At Okaburaya Shrine, "Saitan-sai (Saitan Festival)" is held on December 31 every year, and this "Meoto shishimai" is performed at this festival. A lion, which fell from heaven onto a hill on the northern side of the shrine 1,200 years ago in 807, has been remembered in gigaku performed in the Asuka period.
This Meoto shishimai is preserved and passed down by Okaburaya Shrine and its parishioners, and the Meoto Shishimai Conservation Association.

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