Yesterday was the Houranenya Matsuri in Gotsu Honmachi, the old town of Gotsu at the mouth of the Gonokawa.
Before the procession started a group from Kawahira, a village between Gotsu and my village, performed a folk dance, the Tauebayashi.
The gentleman with the cool hair-do was leading the dance. His mask appears to be a version of Hiotoko, but may be another character.
Both men and women performed the dance which accompanied rice-planting in earlier times. It's purpose was to strengthen the rice.