Tuesday, October 13, 2009

October means Matsuri. Matsuri means Kagura. Part 4

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Ichiyama Hachimangu is a much bigger shrine than the one we just visited over the river in Eno. We come to most matsuris at Ichiyama as a friend, Toshi, dances there.

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When we got there they were still dancing Iwato.

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Toshi dances the character Ame no Koyane, the mythical ancestor of the Nakatomi. Its quite a hard part to dance as Koyane is an old man so the dancer must move and dance with bent legs all the time.

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Toshi danced in the next dance too, which must have been tough as kagura dancing is a hard workout. He played Hachiman's sidekick in the Yumi Hachiman dance.

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Around 2 a.m., not long after the demons entrance we headed off to the next matsuri....

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