・Shiromi Jinja (shrine)
518 Shiromi, Saito
・Every 14 - 15 December
"Shiromi Kagura" is the traditional dance dedicated to the god (Iwanagahime and Oyamazuminomikoto enshrined at Shiromi Jinja). 33 programs are performed all through the night to pary for good harvest and prosperity of descendants.
On the alter of the performance stage, heads of wild boars called "Sachimitama" are dedicated to the god. It reflects the cultural background of the village of hunting.
The dance is nationally designated as intangeble folk cutural asset.
The shrine was built in 1489.
After the all dances are performed, Zosui (seasoned rice-gruel) with boar meat is served to people who come to the shrine.
It also shows us insight of hunting culture of the village.
This traditional dance started from Shinto ritual to welcome the god of the shrines around Shiromi Jinja.
The ritual is also called as "Mensama Mukae (welcome ceremony of the masks)" because the masks are considered as the gods in Shiromi area.
These gods appear on the stage performed by the priests in the fist half of the programs.
It is solemn and holy atmosphere.
The programs are filled with variety of the dances such as dance of men wear traditional white costume and the dances based on "Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters)".
Differ from the other solemn dance, the dance caled "Shishitogiri (hunting dance)" performed outside the hall of the stage, is has humourous action and makes the audience laugh.
This funny dance also explain well about the core life culture of the village such as slash-and-burn farming and hunting.
Access/Fees/Opening hours/Contact etc.
From "Sadowara Sta." of JR, 80min. by car.
From Higashi Kyushu Highway "Saito Exit", 40km via Route 219.
0983-41-1557（Saito City Tourist Association）