Why don't you casually enjoy the traditional Japanese performing art “Kagura”?

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Hiroshima prefecture is known as one of the nation’s leading kagura locations. Nearly 300 kagura groups are active in the prefecture, and performances are actively held. In addition to the brilliant and dynamic dances, gorgeous Kagura costumes, and the drums and flutes of the musical accompaniment, etc. are waiting for an impressive experience that can only be tasted here!

Do you know Hiroshima Kagura quickly

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Introducing the origins of Kagura and the history of Hiroshima Kagura

“Kagura” is a traditional performing art that has been passed down throughout Japan even now. There are various theories about its origin, but it is said that the songs and dances performed in front of the shrine for the reimbursement, harvest of five grains, dispelling bad disasters, and thanking for a good harvest were called “kagura.” Hiroshima’s kagura has also been established as a dedication event for the annual event of the village’s shrine festival. What is kagura in the first place? Let’s touch on the origins of Kagura and the history of Hiroshima Kagura.

Let's go see Kagura ~ Program introduction ~

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If you know the characteristics of the program, you can enjoy kagura even more!

You can enjoy the gorgeous costumes and the gorgeous dance that goes along with the hayashi just by watching it, but if you know the characters and the story, you can definitely enjoy it even more! First, let’s check the types and characteristics of the program and go out to watch Kagura.

Let's enjoy Hiroshima Kagura

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New Year Takamiya Children's Kagura Presentation Contest

Entertainment that can be enjoyed by adults and children!

Nearly 300 kagura groups are active in the prefecture, and performances are actively held. It occurs as one of the rituals and has been performed since ancient times as a ritual to pray for a good harvest, good catch, and chase disease, but nowadays, it can be enjoyed by adults and children while valuing the role as a Shinto ritual. The stage with high entertainment is gaining popularity. Children’s kagura is also thriving, and the splendor of traditional performing arts has been passed down.

Kagura groups in Hiroshima

Kaminakacho Kaguradan (Kaminaka Choshikaguradan)

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Kumura Kagura Preservation Association

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Kamezaki Shrine Kagura Preservation Society (Kamesaki Jinjakura Hozonkai)

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Iwanoue Hachiman Shrine Kagura Preservation Society (Iwanoue Hachimanjinja Kagura Hozonkai)

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Imuro Kaguradan (Imuro Kaguradan)

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Itsukaichi Performing Arts Preservation Association (Someday Ichigei no Hozonkai)

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Kamigochi Kaguradan (Kamigochi Kaguradan)

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Iwatani Kagura Preservation Society (Iwayakagura Hozonkai)

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Nishihara Junijinki Kagura Preservation Association (Nishiharakami 12 Jingi Kagura)

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Kaminukui Kagura Preservation Society (Kaminuku-ikagura Hozonkai)

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Ogawara Fire Mai Preservation Society (Ogawara Himai Hozonkai)

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Kamiyaguchi Local Performing Arts Preservation Association (Kamiyaguchi Kyodogei no Uhozonkai)

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Moroki Local Performing Arts Preservation Association (Moroki Kyodogei no Uhozonkai)

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Kameyama Kaguradan (Kameyama Kaguradan)

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Suzuhari Kaguradan (Suzuhari Kaguradan)

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Miyazaki Kaguradan (Miyazaki Kaguradan)

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Ayanishi Kaguradan (Ayanishi Kaguradan)

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Asahigaoka Kaguradan (Asahigaoka Kaguradan)

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Miyanogi Kaguradan (Miyanoki Kaguradan)

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Omori Kaguradan (Omori Kaguradan)

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Shimogohara Kagura (Shimoitsu Harakaguradan)

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Minouchi Kaguradan (Minochi Kaguradan)

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Takai Kaguradan (Takai Kaguradan)

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Kannon Shrine Kagura Preservation Society (Kannonjinjakura Hozonkai)

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Ishiuchi Kaguradan (Ishiuchi Kaguradan)

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Shimokawachi Kaguradan (Shimogochi Kaguradan)

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Shimomukai Kaguradan

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Atokaguradan (Atokaguradan)

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Otsuka Kagura (Ozuka Kaguradan)

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Sanjoda Kaguradan (Sanjoda Kaguradan)

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Inokuchi District Folk Art Preservation Association Kagura Club (Inokuchi Chikumingei Hozon Kaikagurabu)

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