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The Grand Festival of Mikatsu Hachiman Shrine - The Shishinden Dengaku of Kamino Jo, Dengaku of Amaza, and Mitake Nerikomi Daiko of Shimono Jo    



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Mikatsu Hachiman Shrine is a tutelary shrine for six villages around the former Sasaki no Sho Shimoyamaho (Kanayamago), the northern region of Fukuchiyama City. This shrine holds a grand festival once every 25 years. On this occasion, such performing arts as the Shishinden Dengaku of Kamino Jo (an Intangible Folk Cultural Property designated by Kyoto Prefecture), the Dengaku of Amaza (an Intangible Folk Cultural Property designated by Kyoto Prefecture), and the Mitaka Nerikomi Daiko of Shimono Jo (an Intangible Folk Cultural Property designated by Fukuchiyama City) are dedicated, showing us the image of the festivals of So (village autonomy) which go back to the medieval period. Each dengaku (harvest celebration) consists of binsasara (wooden blocks), taiko (drums), and fuekata (flutes). These dengaku preserve the traditional style truthfully and are valuable cultural assets which have attracted academic interest from as early as the Taisho period (1912-1926).

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