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Sasara Bunny of Ookushi

Lion Dance with Three Puppetry-Powered Lions

  • City

    Mito City, Ibaraki

  • Period

    November 23 "Okushi Inari Shrine Festival"

  • Location

    Ookushi Inari Shrine

  • Introduction

    The male, female and lion cub puppets are handled by bamboo poles in this rare lion dance only seen in the Mito and the Ishioka city areas. Moving to the beat of drums and flutes, the lost lion cub looks for its parents and expresses joy once they're reunited. The dance prays for good health and an abundant harvest.

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