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Matsumae Kagura Lion Dance

A Kagura Lion Dance by a Shinto Priest

  • City

    Southern Hokkaido

  • Period

    Matsumae Kagura Lion Dance

  • Location

    Matsumae Castle area (present day Donan region)

  • Introduction

    The start of this tradition is said to be from when the Matsumae clan's sixth master --Norihiro Matsumae -- compiled Shinto song and dance known as Kagura and other performance arts from within the clan, then hosted an event within the castle. The Shinto priests of the shrine spread the festival to other shrines in the area around Matsumae Castle (present day Donan region). The Lion Dance is comprised of a dance using a fan or katana to entice the lion as it raises its head high and clacks its t

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