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Chichibu City , Saitama Related category:
Kagura of Kibune Shrine (Designated Intangible Folklore Cultural Asset of Prefecture)    



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“Kagura of Kibune Shrine” is said to date back to the Bunka Era (1804-1818), when MIYAGAWA Izumi, the priest of Kibune Shrine travelled to Edo (current Tokyo) together with the villagers and were taught how to perform the dance and accompaniments to bring them back to this region, which is mentioned in “Kagurayaku Saikyo-jo,” a record written in 1817. This kagura dance belongs to the Edo-type Iwado kagura. The performance is organized on one-act-one-god basis, and there are 36 acts in total. At present, 33 acts are performed in 15 items. This video material presents the sequence of the dance acts, starting from “Norito (prayer),” moving on to “Miko (divine child),” “Tenko (heavenly fox),” and “Okina-no-Mai (old man’s dance),” reaching the climax with “Iwato-Biraki (opening in the rock gate),” and closing the day by dancing “Kijin-Mai (dance of fierce god).” The accompaniments include big drums, small drums, flutes and the like. And there are 9 accompanying songs, such as “Sagariha,” “Honma,” and “Okazaki.” It’s opened to the public on April 3rd and the first Sunday of October every year, in the kagura hall of the shrine.

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