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Uchino Lion Kagura Dance

A Lion Plays the Female Role in a Kabuki Performance

  • City

    Oshino-mura Uchino, Yamanashi

  • Period

    Uchino Tengu shrine autumn festival in October 19th , Uchino Asama Shrine Spring festival in 2nd Saturdays and Sundays of April.

  • Location

    Uchino Tengusha

  • Introduction

    Kabuki and scenes from traditional Japanese puppet theater are played by lions during this festival. Along with miniature mikoshi shrines and hand-based dance performances, the lion walks around wearing a kimono and plays the female part in kabuki acts such as "Umegawa Chubei" and "Yaoya Oshichi". The performance is accompanied by drums and flutes.

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大阪芸術大学/桑水流由香 Osaka University of Arts/Kuwazuru Yuka