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Sonezaki Lion Dance

Ancient Lion Dance Supplication for a Bountiful Harvest

  • City

    Tosu City Sonezaki Town, Saga

  • Period

    Every Sunday at the end of March

  • Location

    Sonezaki Oimatsu Shrine Grounds

  • Introduction

    A dance performed during the transition festival at Oimatsu Shrine. It involves male and female lion dancers opposed by children acting as lion tamers to the accompaniment of gongs and drums. This dance is a symbolic prayer for a bountiful harvest, purification of the people, and to suppress evil spirits in the region.

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大阪芸術大学/境佑莉 Osaka University of Arts/Yuri Sakai