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Ageo City , Saitama Related category:
Kagura of Ageo    

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At Nakahiratsuka Hikawa Shrine in Hiratsuka, Ageo City, kagura dance is dedicated in April as a shrine ritual. According to the local tradition, the kagura performance here is commissioned to the specialized kagura performers called “tayu-moto.” In most cases, folklore performances are given mainly by villagers or local residents. In this region, however, the performances are conducted on a commissioned basis. Prior to the performance in the kagura hall of the shrine, the tayu-moto visits each of the shrine parishioners’ houses he intends to ask to perform, and dances the kagura in front of each parishioner’s guardian god. This process is called “Tsukegama,” and he performs the items, “Miko-no-Mai (priestess’s dance)” and “Kitsune-no-Mai (fox’s dance).” After this process is over, the kagura performance starts in the kagura hall. At first, the item, “Sanba-so (the Third Dance)” is performed in order to purify the venue and followed by
“Izumo Shin-ei,” which depicts a Japanese mythical legend, “Yamata-no-Orochi (eight-headed serpent).” And, this event is closed by dancing “Shinmei-tanemaki (divine seeding).”

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