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TAKASU KAGURA (SHINTO THEATRICAL DANCE)

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TAKASU KAGURA (SHINTO THEATRICAL DANCE)

Takasu Kagura is a Shinto theatrical dance that is dedicated to the god of Takasu Shrine twice a year in hopes of having an abundant crops. Although the origins of this tradition are not known, legend has it that when Harada Chikuzen no Kami Tanechika (lord of Takasu Castle) was ordered by his leader, Ouchi Masahiro (lord of Yamaguchi Catsle in Suonokuni), to undertake the important role of Governor of Kyoto in 1467, he learned Kyoto’s Nokagura (classical Japanese musical drama) between battles and later introduced it in his hometown.
Takasu Kagura was designated a Folk Cultural Asset by Marebaru Town in 1971, and an Intangible Folk Cultural Asset by Fukuoka Prefecture in 1981. It is known as a magnificent folk performing art.
There are two types of dances in Takasu Kagura: “Mai (Dancing) Kagura”, in which unmasked performers dance peacefully and raise sacred instruments (bells, swords, and balls) while chanting the Kagura song in response to the music; and “Men (Masked) Kagura”, in which some performers wearing masks take the stage and play out a myth.

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DATE
2017/04/26
ADDRESS
〒819-1571 1578 Takasu, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka
AREA
Fukuoka prefecture
Fukuoka- city : Fukuoka prefecture
GENRE

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ACCESS
By train and car - About a 10 minute drive from JR Susenji Station on the Chikuhi Line
By train and bus - Take the community bus in front of JR Susenji Station bound for Maebaru via Ito and get off at Takasu bus stop; about a 10 minute walk from there
INQUIRIES
Telephone Number:092-322-2098 
Itoshima City Office
PARKING
Available
HOURS OF OPERATION
1pm - evening on April 26
6pm - night on October 25

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