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Folklore Performing Art in Kaga City    

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Kaga City, situated in the southern edge of Ishikawa Prefecture, was home to "Daishoji-han (han: a feudal domain)," a branch of Kaga-han during the early Modern Period of Japan (around 1600-around 1850), and the culture developed here during the feudal rule has been passed down to present days to a large degree. This video presents 7 traditional items of performing art inherited now.
"Omatsu-bayashi" is an event of initial singing, which was popular due to the promotion by the shogunate government and feudal lords during the Edo Period (1603-1868), although it declined later. In this region, the last feudal lord laid a firm ground of this tradition, which was handed down to disciples. "Gogan-shinji" is a brave shrine ritual held in the Sugoisobe Shrine on February 10th during the annual festival, which has been conducted since about 1300 years ago. It's composed of a gallant bamboo cutting event and the reproduction of a serpent-killing story using a big rope. "SHASHAMUSHA Dance" is a bon dancing inherited in Shioya Town and nicknamed "Ren-nyo Dancing." "Shashamusha" is said to be a corruption of the word "sasamura (bamboo grass bush)" and represent the action of pushing the grass out of the way and visiting the temple. "Yamanaka-bushi" is said to be a developed form of the song "Matsumae-oiwake," sung by the boatmen of the Kitamae cargo vessels during their hot springs recuperation in Yamanaka hot spa. "Goriyobi-uta" is a child song inherited in Iburihashi Town, which was sung while catching "gori (common freshwater goby)." "Kurosakidoneri-bushi" is said to be a labor song dating back to the feudal rule period and sung during development of new fields in Kurosaki Town. "Shikijitenjin Cho no Mai" is the child dance performed and dedicated by boys of parishioners' households to the aforementioned "Sugoisobe Shrine" during the summer festival "Tenjin-ko," held between July 24th and 26 th every year. It's said to date back to as early as the 14th century.

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