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Hirosaki City , Aomori Related category:
Ishikawa Lion Dancing (Designated Intangible Folklore Cultural Asset of City)    

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Ishikawa Lion Dancing is said to have originated in the in-house performance of the Saito family in Iwadate Village during the Horeki Era in the mid 18th century, and it has been inherited in current Ishikawa area, Hirosaki City. The dance squad consists of 4 characters: “Ojishi (male lion),” “Mejishi (female lion),” “Nakajishi (middle lion),” and “Okashiko.” Each of the 3 lion characters is performed independently by 3 dancers. In the march around the town, the character “Tengu (goblin)” joins the squad. The character “Ebisu (a Japanese god)” presents the Ebisu dance as a side show after the main dancing. Accompaniments are composed of flutes, drums, and “Tehira-gane (small cymbals).” In September, 1965, it was designated as a cultural asset of Hirosaki City.
In every July, it’s dedicated in the festival of Ishikawa Hachimangu Shrine. During the Bon period in every August, the dance is presented as a village event in 4 cemeteries and 3 areas within the town. The dancing is characterized by rapid gestures and detailed movements.

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