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Shishi-odori (Deer dance)

A Grand Performance by a Spirited Preservation Society

  • City

    Toono City, Iwate

  • Period

    Every 3rd Saturday and Sunday in September

  • Location

    Performed at Tono Festivals, Etc

  • Introduction

    What stands out about this dance is the curtain draped over the body and the black lion mask with wooden horns attached and finely shaved white wood as hair. The dance is performed by around 30 people, with some carrying swords and others beating an accompanying rhythm on drums.

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Shishi-odori, or deer dance

大阪芸術大学/登川優菜 Osaka University of Arts/Yuna Togawa