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Sukagawa City , Fukushima Related category:
Important Traditional Cultural Asset as designated by Fukushima Prefecture Koderasan Jihouraku    



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Entire story: 27 minutes
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Jihouraku is performed at Koderasan Hakusanji Temple in Sukagawa on March 10th of the old calendar every 33 years, as part of the activities associated with the opening of the gate of Sho-Kannon Bosatsu-zo (a buddhist statue). Jihouraku is a form of entertainment performed at a buddhist service. At this service the dances Hirakuwa Odori, Taue Odori (a rice-planting dance), and Shishimai (a lion dance) are performed. The lion dance features the taro lion, the jiro Lion, and a female lion together with the roles of hanaedakastugi and kanekiri. All the dancers for the performances are children. Jihouraku has a long history. It is said that about 250 years ago the chief priest of the temple taught children how to dance and then sent them around the village asking for donations. Later, he rebuilt the temple with the money that the children had collected.
In this program, the whole 2007 Jihouraku performance can be seen. This was quite an event, as Jihouraku is performed only once every 33 years. To maintain this tradition, those responsible for the dancing, singing and flute playing hold the first practice of the year on January 2nd of the old calendar.

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