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|Aozu-Jinku Dancing (Designated Important Intangible Folklore Cultural Asset of Town) Ushizawa-Jinku Dancing (Designated Important Intangible Folklore Cultural Asset of Town)|
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Aozu-Jinku is danced and sung on August 14th every year in the precinct of Josen-ji Temple (in Aozu area) as a Buddhist memorial service. It’s said to date back a long time, although the origin is not clear. Now the preserving society is exerting efforts and teaching children to sing the songs and perform the musical accompaniments. Jinku is a type of songs sung in Bon dances or carousals and said to date back to the Edo Period (1603-1867). One chorus of the song is composed in the form of a short verse with the rhythm of 7, 7, 7, and 5 syllables.
Ushizawa-Jinku was danced and sung on lunar July 16th in the precinct of Daitoku-ji Temple (in Aozu area) as a Buddhist memorial service. Now it’s performed in the precinct of Wakamiya Hachimangu Shrine on September 9th. In 1848, when Daitoku-Ji Temple was burnt down, teams of carpenters came from Echigo Province (current Nigata Prefecture) to rebuild the temple and brought Jinku of their regions here, according to the legend.
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