A Lion Plays the Female Role in a Kabuki Performance
Oshino-mura Uchino, Yamanashi
Uchino Tengu shrine autumn festival in October 19th , Uchino Asama Shrine Spring festival in 2nd Saturdays and Sundays of April.
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.
Uchino Lion Kagura Dance
大阪芸術大学/桑水流由香 Osaka University of Arts/Kuwazuru Yuka