Akiu no Taue Odori

Akiu no Taue Odori: “Akiu no Taue Odori”, i.e. the ritual dance for the rice cropping in the Akiu Town, has been transmitted by the people in the three communities, and is one of so-called “folk performing arts” openly performed as an annual event in this region. It belongs to the cat

Onikenbai

Onikenbai: Oni Kenbai is a traditional dance in the Kitakami area of Iwate.  “Onikenbai,” can roughly be translated as “Demon Dance with sword.” This local dance has enjoyed a long history dating back 1,300 years ago and has been performed by local people ever

Noh

Noh: Noh or Nogaku derived from the Sino-Japanese word for “skill” or “talent”—is a major form of classical Japanese musical drama that has been performed since the 14th century. Developed by Kan’ami and his son Zeami, it is the oldest major theatre art s

Kanto Matsuri

Kanto Matsuri: The Kanto Matsuri, (“pole lantern festival”) is a Tanabata related celebration in Akita City, held every year from August 3 to 6 in  in hope for a good harvest.  Around two hundred bamboo poles five to twelve metres long, bearing twenty-four or forty-six lan
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