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Kanekobara Mushi-okuri Odori
July 20, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 6:00 pmFree
200-year-old traditional dance to send away insects from the rice fields performed at various locations in Yakami in Ohnan.
“Mushi Okuri” literally means “sending away the insects” and is performed every year on July 20th to pray for a bountiful rice harvest. In 1967, it was designated by the Japanese government as an Intangible Cultural Property, and while the exact origins are unknown, its roots can be traced back to 200 years ago.
Watching the 6 dancing taiko members, 3 standing taiko players, 1 flute player and 1 singer is an event that draws photographers from all around.
The straw-made soldier on horseback represents fallen warrior Saito Sanemori. During the Battle of Shinohara in 1183, 84-year-old Saito lost his footing on a stump of cut rice, which led to his capture and beheading. With his last dying breath, he vowed to become a rice-eating insect and devastate the harvest each and every year. Kanekobara Mushi Okuri Odori is performed to appease his soul and send the insects away from the coming year’s crops.
Insects are believed to be drawn to the red strips of paper [短冊], and at the end of the ceremony, the papers are removed from the hats and drumsticks and burned at Suwa Shrine [諏訪神社].
13:00 Start walk to Mihoryo Shrine [三穂両神社] from Kanekobara Meeting House [鹿子原集会所] https://goo.gl/maps/wP8WdCWeyqt
13:30 Dance at Mihoryo Shrine [三穂両神社] https://goo.gl/maps/NSkNJTcQ9wD2
14:30 Dance at Koboku no Mori Garden https://goo.gl/maps/Raq1Pq5SCKr
15:00-17:00 Dance at locations around Ohnan
17:30-18:00 Ending performance at Suwa Shrine [諏訪神社] https://goo.gl/maps/Ft8cAsGhZNT2
For more information, please send a message or contact the Ohnan Tourism Association at [email protected]