Mar 14, 2018
Held at night, “Takachiho Kagura” ritual music and dance performances bring on stage the deities appearing in Japan’s myths and legends. The patron deities of every village in the district are invited to private homes or public halls called “Kagura-yado” (lodgings for the Kagura) and during the night, 33 dances are performed and dedicated to the deities. This is a traditional religious ritual of the district. The times of the event vary depending on the village, but the dances are annually dedicated from mid-November to early February in about 20 villages. Since repertoires, the order of the dances, and the way of dancing depend on each village, each stage has its own different atmosphere so the performances will be interesting in different ways. In 1978, Takachiho Kagura was designated a National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
Takachiho Kagura can in fact be enjoyed every evening for 365 days a year. To allow more people to experience this night performance, “Kagura-den” (Hall of Shinto music and dance) of the Takachiho-jinja Shrine stages nightly performances of the No. 4 dance. Visitors can enjoy the essence of the culture and the spiritual atmosphere in a one-hour performance. It is definitely worth the visit.
* This is the information as of June, 2017
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