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Nihonmatsu City , Fukushima Related category:
An important intangible folk cultural asset designated by Fukushima Prefecture Suzuishi Shrines Daidai Kagura    

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Entire story: 61 minutes
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There is a record which says that Suzuishi Shrines shrine pavilion, where Yamato Takeru no Mikoto is enshrined, was renovated in 1863 at the end of the Edo Period. The original shrine pavilion was very old (according to a record, it is said to have been established in 1564), and Miko-mai (priestess dances) have been dedicated from this period. The Daidai Kagura passed down at the Shrine is one of the important intangible cultural assets designated by Fukushima Prefecture, and is dedicated at the festivals held in spring and autumn every year by the "Suzuishi Shrine Daidai Kagura Preservation Association."
Suzuishi Shrines Daidai Kagura is performed by dancers wearing "eboshi" hats and "tori-kabuto" helmets, etc., and who hold "swords," "folding fans," and "bows and arrows," etc. The Shrine also possesses 14 old and 21 new traditional masks. The new masks are normally used for performances. There are 26 different types of performances, and the video covers all of these performances.

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