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Uto Lion Dance

A Dance Between a Lion and Child to the Rhythm of Drums and Gongs

  • City

    Kamamagamachi, Uto City, Kumamoto

  • Period

    Autumn Festival. October 19th.

  • Location

    Nishioka Shrine (It is held around the town, Otabisho and in the grounds in front of the shrine's gates.)

  • Introduction

    The lion dance is performed by two people, with one as the male lion with two horns on its head and the other as the female with one horn. A Tamafuri child joins them. To the rhythm of gongs, the two lions and the Tamafuri act as if they are playing together. The dance is split into two parts. The first portrays the Tamafuri searching for the lions as they run around the hills and fields, and the second half shows the Tamafuri and lions happily playing together. It is said that if a child lets the lion bite their head, they will grow healthy and smart, so the day is lively with lots of parents and their children.

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東京デザイナー学院/付文 TOKYO DESIGNER GAKUIN COLLEGE/FU WEN