JAPAN CULTURE SHISHIMAI LION DANCE

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It is sudden, but are you sick of your vacation and travel plans which are not much different from the others? Are you looking for a slightly different sightseeing than usual?

If the answers are yes, here’s special information you’ll like. Then, we’ll give you some information about Japanese performing arts peculiar to a locality. Let us introduce about Shishimai.

In the beginning, we’ll tell you about Shishimai. It is one of traditional arts in Japan, and it is said the most numerous folk entertainments. The dancer performs physical activity called a costumed lion head. This was introduced into Japan in the latter half of the 16th century. Shishimai came to be performed to congratulatory event, festival, and so on.

Japanese Shishimai is roughly divided and has two versions. One is known as Futari-Tachi [Giraku-system.] It is performed one lion by fifty pairs of people. Another is known as Hitori-Tachi [Huryu-system] which is performed by one person basically.

Speaking for Shishimai, it bites each person’s head. It means Shishimai has the power to drive away evils. In case of children, it brings divine help. Children can improve their academic ability and be good health. The variation is put on a wide range of Japan. In recent years, Shishimai attracts attention from overseas.

That’s why we introduce to you the charm of Shishimai in all parts of Japan with manga!

This time, we introduce about Yokosuka Toraodori.
Yokosuka Toraodori, which is designated Intangible Cultural Property, is handed down by Nishi-Uragacho and Nobi in Kanagawa.
Also, it is said to have been told when a magistrate's office was moved to Uraga in 1720. It is the new dance which took in kabuki and overseas dancing. It is the unique dance which take in kabuki and overseas folk dance .

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Yokosuka Toraodori is performed in mid-June every year.
Let's see a lively motion tiger's dance from a short distance!

How do you like it? We hope those information we’ve provided you today about Yokosuka Toraodori stir up your interest for Japan.
Next time, we introduce to you Yatsu deer dance.

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