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Traditional Ceremony of Pounding Rice-cake (Higashimatsuyama, Saitama Pref.)

2013/07/10

 Place/Calendar 

<Place>
・Hikawa Jinja (shrine)
 Higashimatsuyama

<Calendar>
・Every 23 November (event in 2013 will be canceled)
 From 13:30 -



 Overview 

This is the ritual to pray for good harvest.

There are 16 programs of dance (pounding rice to make rice cake).
The dance strats the program of putting steamed rice on mortar and continues the program of dances that use mallet by 3 - 4 people.

It is designated as Intangible folk cultural asset by the prefecture.
 



 History 

Legend says that the ceremony started to welcome Sakanoueno Tamuramaro (the general, 758 - 811) who exterminates the evil dragon of Iwadonoyama (mountain).
The local people welcomed him with rice cake (they pounded rice while dancing).



 Highlight 

Most programs are performed by 3 people and they work together smoothly. The rhythmical beat and steps is fun to see.
Rice cake is dedicated to the god and also delivered to the audience.



 Access/Fees/Opening hours/Contact etc. 

<Access>
①By train
 From "Higashimatsuyama Sta." of Tobu Tojo Line, 20min. by walk.

②By car
 From Kanetsu Highway "Higashimatsuyama Exit", about 10min. 

<Contact>
 0493-23-3344(Higashimatsuyama City Tourist Association)

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