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 category of ‘Dengaku’ among folk performing arts regarding the rice cropping. It has been transmitted by the people in the three communities of Akiu Town within Taihaku-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, located in the northern part of the main island of Japan. Mainly composed of movements which remind of the rice cropping, “Akiu no Taue Odori” allegedly began in the latter half of the seventeenth century to pray for an abundant harvest.


Until the early twentieth century, practitioners have performed ‘Akiu no Taue Odori’ at the beginning of a year not only within their own residential communities, but also in neighboring other communities if they were invited. Currently, however, one day in every April or May approximately ten dances are performed by respective communities on the occasion of a festival at temples or shrines therein, or in autumn approximately 10 dances at local theatres.




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