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“Niwaka” and Lion Dance
Address
Noto Island, Nanao City
Category
Festival
Class
Custom
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“Niwaka” is a traditional performing art that takes place at Shinto shrines and in the yards of private homes during the autumn festivals of September and October. It is a type of improvisation, and each area has its distinctive dance, such as cat dance, horse dance, Danshichi dance (derived from Joruri ballad drama), and Sanbaso. The Danshichi dance tells a story of sisters who avenge their parents and kill the bad local administrator after hard training in the use of a pole sword and a chain sickle. The types of lion dance differ according to the area. Lively autumn festivals are held on Noto Island to give thanks for the harvest. Portable shrines are carried around the area, and “Nikawa” and a lion dance are performed in front of the houses of families who have celebrated a marriage, a birth or the construction of a new house during the year.
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