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Traditional Dance (Hachinohe, Aomori Pref.)

2014/02/19

 Place/Calendar 

<Place/Calendar>
・Hachinohe City
 Every 2nd Sat. & Sun.: 
 Horyo Kagura (Traditional Dance) at Ogami Dance Hall

 Every 1 August: 
 Outward journey of the portable shrine at downtown Hachinohe

 Every 3 August: 
 Homeward journey of the portable shrine at downtown Hachinohe

 

 Overview 

 

Horyo Kagura (Traditional Dance) is performed by mountain monks and has been handed down to generation after generation at Ogami Jinja (shrine) as local deity of Hachinohe Han (domain).  It is designated as intangible folk cultural asset by Aomori prefecture.

The traditional dance is played at the end of the year and on new year's day.  Also, several kinds of dances are performed at Dance Hall of the precinct of the shrine in May.

Ogami Jinja has connection to Shugendo (Japanese mountain asceticism-shamanism incorporating Shinto and Buddhist concepts) so that the shrine enshrins avatar of Buddhism (lions).  

At the procession of Ogami Jinja, the avatars click their teeth.  It is said that the clicking sound purify the audience's hearts. Also, people who are bitten by the avatars will be good health.
 


 History 


It is designated as intangible folk cultural asset by Aomori prefecture on 4 Feburuary, 1987.  Traditional Dance performed by lions that has been handed down since ancient times in Tohoku region consists features of Shugendo (Japanese mountain asceticism-shamanism incorporating Shinto and Buddhist concepts) .  So, the dance is called "Traditional Dance of mountain monks".  Lions are avatars of Ogami Jinja (shrine) and local people's deities.  During performance, they click their teeth like castanets.
 



 Highlight 

Many lions click their teeth during the procession of Ogami Jinja on 1 and 3 August and it is so magnificent! 
 


 Access/Fees/Opening hours/Contact etc. 

<Access>
①By train
 From "Honhachinohe Sta." of Hachinohe Line of JR, about 3 min. by walk.

②By car
 From Hachinohe Highway "Hachinohe Exit", it takes about 20 min.

<Contact>
 0178-46-4040 (Hachinohe City)



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