“Hanamachi Kagura” was formerly known as “Kashima Kagura” because performances were held at the “Kashima” Shinto Shrine in “Iinozuka”; however, performances are now at the “Takekoshi” Shinto Shrine. After “Kashima” Shinto Shrine merged into “Takekoshi” Shinto Shrine, the Kagura was formally named Hanamachi Kagura.
The origin of “Hanamachi” and “Hanamachi Kagura”: When the feudal lord, “Date”, happened to pass by “Iinozaka” several hundred years ago, he was fascinated by the flowers along the street. Since then, “Iinozaka” has been called “Hanamachi”, which means “flower town” in Japanese, and “Kashima Kagura” became “Hanamachi Kagura”.
At the beginning of a sacred ceremony, a Shinto priest recites a prayer, and then the dance begins in silence.
*Performances are held every year in April at the “Tatekoshi” Shinto Shrine Festival.
|Address||Aza Uematsu,Tatekoshi, 4-2-16, Natori City|
|Parking||Parking is available for 12 standard vehicles and mid-sized buses|
|Access||It is about a 5-minute walk from JR Tatekoshi Station|
It is internationally praised performance.
The mountain which is good for taking a walk in the nature.
A stylish JR station building made of white chalk.
You can enjoy Natori city’s local foods and cultures
It is fun Spring festival seeing fully blossomed cherry blossoms