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Unbinjishi

A Splendid Dance with a Life Lesson

  • City

    Obama City, Fukui

  • Period

    Every 2nd and 3rd in May

  • Location

    Obama Shrine's Annual Dedication at the Castle Festival

  • Introduction

    It's said that when a former provincial lord of Wakasa in Obama returned from over the Musashi River, he brought with him a lion performer. The performer was given near family status and was only allowed to perform during celebrations inside the castle. The dance involves 2 male lions in a desperate fight over a lone female lion. It is designated as an Intangible Folk Cultural Property in Fukui Prefecture.

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大阪芸術大学/森口優 Osaka University of Arts/Yu Moriguchi