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Mishima City , Shizuoka Related category:
The Otauchi of Mishima Taisha Shrine    



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In ancient times, Mishima was the seat of the kokufu (the ancient provincial government) of Izu, and many provincial temples (kokubun-ji for monks and kokubun-niji for nuns) were built. Mishima Taisha Shrine is considered the grandest shrine in Izu. In the Kamakura period (1192-1333), the shrine had an important status through its connection with the Genji clan and this led to the development of a glamorous medieval town as the political, industrial and cultural core of Izu, centering on the kokufu, kokubun-ji and Mishima Taisha Shrine. Otauchi is a Shinto performing art and is defined as a yoshuku girei (celebration in anticipation of good fortune) for rice cultivation. The process of rice cropping is performed every year at the beginning of the rice growing in front of the god in order to pray for a good harvest. The Otauchi of Mishima Taisha Shrine is thought to have begun in the Heian period (794-1192) and flourished during the Kamakura period (1192-1333). The middle of the stage is considered as a rice field and the drama is performed centering around two main characters called Honaga (a long ear of a rice plant) and Fukutaro (good fortune). Through its long history, it has settled down into its present-day noh and kyogen style. It is a prestigious and stately folkloric cultural property appropriate for the grandest shrine of Izu.

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