“Kumanodo Juunishin Shishi Odori”
The name of the dance was derived from an alias of “Kumano Hongusha” Shinto Shrine “Junishin”. “Junishin” means twelve Gods. It was handed down by a Buddhist monk from “Yashirogo” in “Yonezawa” during the “Bunsei Nenkan” era (1144-1148), and has been protected by the local residents around the shrine.
The dance once died out at the end of the Edo era, but it re-emerged in the Meiji era. It used to be called “Takadate Juunishin Shishiodori”, a kind of “gagaku” which is ancient court music and dance using a Japanese drum performed in a Sendai feudal domain. The special features of the dance are the costumes and style. This dance used to be performed for family ancestors during the “Obon” in the summer, a religious event to commemorate the souls of the ancestors. Now, it is performed for an abundant harvest.
*Performances are during the spring festival in April, and during the autumn festival in October.
|Address||Aza Gotanda,Takadate Kumanodo,34, Natori City|
|Parking||Parking is available for 20 standard vehicles and large buses.|
|Access||Take the bus on the “Sogodai” line (Natorin-go), and get off at “Nachigaoka Iriguchi”. From there, it is about a 15 minute walk.|
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