A Unique Shinto Ritual Performance Made in Gratitude for an Abundant Crop
Hida City Furukawa Town, Gifu
Every September 5
Supplications Held on Alternating Years at Kami-Sugo's Miyata Hakusan Shrine and Shimo-Sugo's Matsuo Hakusan Shrine
Three stories unfold before your eyes. The Kyoku-Jishi ("acrobatic lion") where a male and female lion dance wildly and show off acrobatic feats in the midst of nature, the Tengu-Jishi ("long-nosed goblin lion") which has lions, Tengu, monkeys and bears, and the Kanegura-Jishi ("patron lion") where an ugly man and woman try to drive out a lion with the backing of their patron.