Honkai Shishimai-Bangaku (Amaike-kōchū)

Location: Shimo-Jinego, Chōkai-machi, Yuri-Honjo City
Site(s) of performance: various places in the community
Dates: January 3, May 1, and August 14
Designation: State-Designated Important Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Shishimai and Bangaku
The name of Honkai Bangaku comes from the name of Priest Honkai, a shugen (Buddhist ascetic) of the 17th century who belonged to a temple, which was affiliated with Sampō-in in Kyoto in the Daigo Temple group. He taught bangaku in the villages in the far corners of the Chōkai area and died in Arasawa (in the former Yashima town). Honkai Bangaku consists of shishimai (lion dances) and bangaku with some religious (shugendo) gestures. Dancers and musicians take part in the performance. The script includes 14 numbers.

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