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Traditional Dance (Toyohashi, Aichi Pref.)

2013/07/21


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 Place/Calendar 

<Place>
・Akubikanbe Shinmeisha (shrine)
 3-17 Haccho Dori, Toyohashi

<Calendar>
・Every 10 - 11 February
 



 Overview 

Traditional dance and performance, Shinto ritual, and parade of the portable shrine is held at the traditional festival called "Onie".


Dance of cute children and of ladies wear beautiful kimono also dedicated to the god.


At the famous performance of "Karakai", red devil wearing loincloth made of tiger skin and Tengu (long nose diety) holding long sword fight each other.
Lost red devil run away from the shrine to streets of the town.
At that time, youths in traditional costume run with the devil while throwing candy and white powder.


It is nationally designated as intangeble folk cultural asset.
 



 History 

Even if the origin of the festival is uncertain, one theory said that it has been succeeded since Heian period (794 - 1185).

The contents of the stories of the dance is said that they are based on "Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters)". Violent god (red devil) appeared on the peace land and the god of battle (Tengu) fights with him. Finally, both of them get closer and dance together.



 Highlight 

The climax of the festival is "Karakai (fight between red devil and Tengu)".
People covered with white powder and eat candy thrown by the red devil become stronger and don't get cold. So, around the devil is filled with cheeful voice and laugh of the audience.
The shrine and streets are jammed with people with white face. This is very unique festival.



 Access/Fees/Opening hours/Contact etc. 
 

<Access>
①By train
 From "Toyohashi Koenmae Sta." of Toyohashi Tetsudo, 1min. by walk.

②By car
 From Tomei Highway "Toyokawa Exit", 30min.


<Contact>
 0532-52-5257(Akubikanbe Shinmeisha)
 0532-54-1484(Toyohashi Visitors & Convention Association )

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