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Name
Hayafune Kyôgen
Address
Takojima-machi, Suzu City
Category
Festival
Class
Custom
Age
17th century~19th century
Designation
Takojima Hayafune Kyôgen: Ishikawa Prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Asset (including one boat with boat fittings, and nine wooden figures) (Sep. 1996)
Comment
This is the stage play performed in the Kagura (sacred dance) hall of Takakurahiko Shrine in Takojima-machi at the festival held on September 11. A 4.5m lacquered boat called Jinrikimaru is placed on the stage, and wooden dolls of boatmen and sailors are placed on it. At the beginning of the Kyôgen, the reciter delivers a prologue, and then a boatman with a traditional umbrella appears, accompanied by a chant. He has been reluctant to sail for a long time, since he is enchanted by a geisha girl. Then, a sailor appears and persuades the boatman to set sail. The banter between the two men is very interesting. The performers are selected from among 20-year-old men, and instructed by the members of the Takojima Hayafune Kyôgen Preservation Association. The origin of this play is not clear, but it is said to have been first performed more than 200 years ago, and influenced by Kabuki Kyôgen and Jôruri, which were popular forms of entertainment in the early modern age. This stage play was designated as an Intangible Folk Cultural Asset by the prefecture in 1996.
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