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Tamura City , Fukushima
(Funabiki Machi)
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An intangible folk cultural asset designated by Tamura City Kodaiji Temples Sanbiki Shishimai (Kodaiji Temples Three Lion Dance)    



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Kodaiji Temples Sanbiki Shishimai (Kodaiji Temples Three Lion Dance) is a traditional performing art that has been passed down for approximately 220 years in the Kodaiji region in Ashizawa, Funehiki Machi, Tamura City in Fukushima Prefecture, and is dedicated at the biannual festival held at Toho Yakushido in spring and autumn every year. It is one of the intangible cultural assets designated by Tamura City.
The three lions are the Taro lion, the Jiro lion, and the female lion, and the music is performed using flutes, drums, and sasaras. The sasara is a musical instrument made of bamboo, and the sasara-suri (the sasara player) will rub the sasara throughout the dance. This act of rubbing the sasara during the performance of the three lion dance is an ancient style of music accompanying the three lion dance. There are 6 different performances consisting of "Yabu-wake," "Denden-katakata," "Toto no me," "Imo-hori (potato digging)," "Toppi sharara," and "Happo tobi."

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