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IWATO KAGURA (SHINTO THEATRICAL DANCE)

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IWATO KAGURA (SHINTO THEATRICAL DANCE)

Iwato Kagura is a Shinto theatrical dance devoted to Fushimi Shrine on the night of the Gion Festival (July 14) every year. The dance is made up of 18 separate pieces, of which the “Kojin” and “Mondo” are especially vigorous. In these pieces, men dressed like devils run around the grounds of the shrine; since it is said that babies who are held by the devils will grow up healthily, many people with children attend the performance every year.
It is also said that the masks which were used in the Kagura dance were made between the mid and late Edo Era (mid-18th through late 19th century). Moreover, 70% of those masks were made in the Noh (classical Japanese musical drama) style, which is quite rare.
*The masks presently in use were made in 1982.

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DATE
2017/07/14
ADDRESS
〒811-1244 879 Yamada, Nakagawa-machi, Chikushi-gun, Fukuoka
AREA
Fukuoka prefecture
Fukuoka- city : Fukuoka prefecture
GENRE

Seasonal events

ACCESS
By bus - a 3 minute walk from Nishitetsu “Yamada” Bus stop
INQUIRIES
Telephone Number:092-952-2092 
Nakagawa Town Office Social Education Division, Cultural Asset Section

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