Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Iwami Kagura Museum

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The Iwami Kagura Museum is located in what used to be the village elementary school in Ichiyama, but now is home to the village community center.

Entrance is free.

There is an extensive collection of masks.

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As well as other implements and accessories used in kagura,

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including the richly, decorated costumes.

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Most of the museum concentrates on Omoto Kagura, the shamanic dance that is now only performed in our local area.

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The centerpiece is a replica of the ritual space wherein Omoto Kagura is performed.

There is an extensive collection of videos that can be viewed as well as a library of books on kagura as well as other materials, play books, etc.

A real gem of a museum, free, and rarely visited...

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