Matsudate-Tenmangū Srhine Sandaisan Gongen Dance

Location: Matsudate, Hachimantai, Kazuno City
Site(s) of performance: Sugawara Shrine
Date: April 25
Designation: Prefecture-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property
Category: Shishimai and Bangaku
Matsudate-Tenmangū Srhine (alias Sugawara Shrine) was found either in 1300 or in 1022 under the authority of Kitano-Tenmangū in Kyoto with Sugawara Michizane as its main deity. It is believed that the Manzairaku dance by villagers was the origin of the Gongen Dance here. During the time of mixture of Buddhism and Shinto in the early modern ages, this shrine was called Sandaisan Temple, for which reason the dance is commonly known as Sandaisan Gongen Dance. The tradition was once discontinued in the early 20th century, but was revived in 1937 as a Bugaku dance as it is performed today. The dance is offered every year on April 25 at the annual festival of Matsudate-Tenmangū Srhine.

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