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Anbabayashi in Kitaki    

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Kitaki is a part of Takamatsu area located at the south end of Kashima City, where people started to settle down in the Jomon Period (14000 B.C.-300 B.C.) In Kitaki, there was an excavation of Biyakuuchi ruin, one of the oldest iron mill ruins nationwide, which is mentioned in "Hitachi no Kuni Fudoki (description of the culture, climate, etc. of Hitachi province)" In the Edo Period (1603-1868), Kitaki was situated along the Kashima-kaido highway, which connected Mito and the Iinuma Kannon Shrine, full of people coming and going, relatively prosperous with good rice harvest, and where it was common for the residents to engage in accomplishments. In this area, "gezaren (a group of the accompanying musicians and the like)" is said to have been established around the end of the Tokugawa shogunate and "Anba Bayashi (Anba music)" used to be performed. This Anba Bayashi is believed to have influenced "Sawara Bayashi," one of the 3 major Japanese accompaniments passed down in Sawara, Katori City in neighboring Chiba Prefecture. The local people in Kitaki are struggling and challenging to restore and inherit this "Anbabayashi in Kitaki." They decided to ask a local elder who alone knows about the "hayashi (or bayashi: accompaniment)" now to provide instruction. As a result of relevant parties enormous efforts, the accompaniment was reconstructed and the day has come when Gezaren will perform it.

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