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Let's go see a traditional event that can only be seen here! Series Summary of Kanagawa's intangible folk cultural assets January and February edition

今、ここでしか見れない伝統行事を見に行こう! シリーズ 神奈川の無形民俗文化財まとめ 1月、2月編

When we hear about intangible folk cultural assets, they may seem formal and unfamiliar, but there are also things that we often hear about, such as lion dancing, kite flying, and dontoyaki, as well as puppet shows, kagura, and festival festivals.

Kanagawa also has many of these intangible folk cultural properties, and if you look at the prefecture's website you will find a map of intangible folk cultural properties. Why not visit this valuable historical culture?

Kanagawa Prefecture Homepage Kanagawa Prefecture's Intangible Folk Cultural Properties
URL: http://www.pref.kanagawa.jp/cnt/f6658/p401454.html

Yokohama area

Shioka Kumano Shrine Tsutsugayu Shinto ritual (Yokohama City designated intangible folk cultural property)

This ritual of fortune-telling using rice porridge has been continued uninterrupted since 949. A large pot was placed in the garden set up in the temple grounds, and early in the morning, brown rice, leaves of a sacred tree, and 27 reed tubes were boiled to make porridge. It predicts the crops and the weather.

Date and time: Saturday, January 14th *Ends in 2017
place: Shioka Kumano Shrine
address: 1137 Shioka-cho, Kohoku-ku, Yokohama City
access: Approximately 10 minutes walk from Okurayama Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line

Shonan area

Kamakura Wooden Song - Intangible Cultural Property designated by Kamakura City -

Kikariuta is a work song used when hauling wood, but it was also sung when hauling heavy objects such as stones. A performer sings on top of the wooden cart, and all the pullers work together to pull it through towns and riverbanks during the musical accompaniment.

Date and time: Wednesday, January 4th *Ends in 2017
place: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura City, etc.
address: Kamakura station area
access: JR, Enoshima Electric Railway Kamakura Station

Kamakura Kagura – Intangible Cultural Property designated by Kamakura City –

Yukamakura Kagura is also known as Yutate Kagura or Yubana Kagura, in which a kettle is filled with hot water, a mountain decoration is erected, and the dancers dance inside the mountain.

First Kagura

Date and time: Friday, January 6th *Ends in 2017
place: Yakumo Shrine
address: 1-11-22 Omachi, Kamakura City
access: About 10 minutes walk from JR, Enoshima Electric Railway Kamakura Station

Fujisawa Jumping Craftsman (Includes Ladder Glue, Matofuri) - Fujisawa City Designated Intangible Cultural Property -

Kiyari is a song that combines two elements: a chanting element (praying for the blessings of the gods as the work is often dangerous) and a chanting element (a signal to concentrate one's strength at once).

Fujisawa City Fire Department First Ceremony

Date and time: Sunday, January 8th *Ends in 2017
place: Fujisawa City Fire and Disaster Prevention Training Center (former Fujisawa Kita High School site)
address: 3417-1 Ishikawa, Fujisawa City
access: Approximately 20 minutes walk from Rokuai-Nichidaimae Station on the Odakyu Enoshima Line

Sagicho of Oiso - National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property -

It is an event centered around the fire festival held on the Kitahama coast on the weekend near January 14th. A month before the festival, many events are held in nine districts, including ``Ichiban Son'', ``Michikiri'', ``Shichisho Pilgrimage'', ``Seto Ballet'', and ``Yanna Gokko''.

Date and time: Saturday, January 14th *Ends in 2017
place: Oiso Kitahama Beach (Sagicho)
address: Naka-gun Oiso Town
access: 10 minutes walk from JR Oiso Station

Miura area

Chakkirako – UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage and Nationally Designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property –

Chakkirako is a folk performing art performed only by women in the Nakazaki/Kagure district of Misaki, Miura City, and Kainan Shrine on January 15th every year, during the New Year holidays, to pray for a good catch, a bountiful harvest, and prosperous business.

Date and time: Sunday, January 15th *Ends in 2017
place: Main Shrine, Kainan Shrine (4-12-11 Misaki, Miura City), Nakazaki Ryugu Shrine, Kagure Ryugu Shrine, Misaki Port area
address: Miura City
access: Get off at Misakiguchi Station on the Keikyu Line, then take the Keikyu Bus bound for Misaki Port and get off at Misaki Port, then walk 3 minutes.

Central prefecture area

Target Festival at Tana Hachimangu Shrine – Intangible Folk Cultural Property designated by Sagamihara City –

The fortunes of the year are predicted based on the results of arrows shot at traditional events.

Date and time: Friday, January 6th *Ends in 2017
place: Tana Hachiman Shrine
address: 1-8-28 Suigo Tana, Chuo-ku, Sagamihara City
access: From JR Yokohama Line Sagamihara Station, take the bus bound for Suigo Tana (A17), get off at Fureai Kagakukan-mae, and walk 5 minutes.

Fukuda Shrine Hayashi Lion Dance – Yamato City Designated Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property –

The Fukuda Shrine Hayashi Shishimai has been passed down by parishioners of the shrine that is enshrined by Fukuda Shrine in the Fukuda district of Yamato City, and is said to have been practiced since the end of the Edo period.

7th New Year Fukuda Shrine Hayashi Lion Dance Meeting

Date and time: Friday, January 7th *Ends in 2017
place: Yanagibashi Fureai Plaza
address: 3-12-1 Kurayanagi, Yamato City
access: Approximately 15 minutes walk from Sakuragaoka Station on the Odakyu Enoshima Line

Traditional firefighting (kiyari-uta, matoi-furi, ladder riding) - Atsugi City designated intangible folk cultural property -

Towards the end of the Edo period, Atsugi City had a ``firefighting'' group, and people involved in construction called ``Tobishi'' were responsible for this role. The Atsugi City Traditional Fire Department Preservation Society has inherited the skills of ``kiyari-uta, matoi-furi, and ladder riding'' that were born during firefighting.

Atsugi City Fire Department First Ceremony

Date and time: Sunday, January 8th *Ends in 2017
place: Atsugi City Ogino Sports Park
address: 1500 Kamiogino, Atsugi City
access: From Odakyu Line Hon-Atsugi Station North Exit bus stop No. 1, take a bus bound for Tobio Danchi (partly), Matsukagedai, Kamiogino Shako, or Hanhara, get off at "Inariki", and walk for about 10 minutes.

Sagami Puppet Show (Haseza/Rinza) - National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property -

Sagami Puppet Show is a type of puppet play that has been introduced to the Sagami region since the mid-Edo period, and uses a unique operating method called ``three puppeteers,'' in which three puppeteers move a single puppet in unison, and ``gun sashimi.'' It has characteristics.

44th Sagami Puppet Show Tournament (Haseza, Hayashiza, Shimonakaza, Maetoriza, Ashigaraza)

Date and time: Sunday, February 19th Performance starts at 12:00 (doors open at 11:30)
place: Atsugi City Cultural Hall Large Hall
address: 1-9-20 Onna, Atsugi City
access: Approximately 13 minutes walk from Hon-Atsugi Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line
remarks: *Advance application required via round-trip postcard

Western area of the prefecture

Shirahige Shrine Hosha Festival – Odawara City Intangible Folk Cultural Property –

Shirahige Shrine is a New Year's ritual held on January 7th of each year in accordance with the ancient rites to predict the good or bad harvest of the year.

Date and time: Saturday, January 7th *Ends in 2017
place: Shirahige Shrine
address: 669 Kofune, Odawara City
access: Take the bus from JR Ninomiya Station and get off at Shimonaka Jusho-mae, then walk for about 2 minutes.

Sagami Puppet Show (Shimochuza) - National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property -

Sagami Puppet Theater Shimonakaza is a three-person puppet theater that has been around since the Edo period in the Odake district of Odawara City.

Lasca Odawara performance

Date and time: Sunday, January 15th *Ends in 2017
place: Lasca Odawara 6F U-me Terrace
address: 1-1-9 Sakaemachi, Odawara City
access: Close to JR, Odakyu Line Odawara Station

Kotake Community Center Performance

Date and time: Sunday, January 29th 11:00-12:00
place: Odawara City Kotake Community Center
address: 1761 Kotake, Odawara City
access: Approximately 2 minutes walk from JR Ninomiya Station bus stop "Shundoguchi"

Hyakumanpen Nembutsu of Setsuki

There is a tradition that it has been practiced for about 600 years, and the Hyakumanben Nenbutsu is performed by chanting the Nenbutsu while rotating a large rosary (302 beads connected, 9 m long) attached to a huge pulley. This is a practice that is rare nationwide. In addition to nenbutsu chanting, Kagura performances such as lion dances are also performed.

Date and time: February 11th (Sat) - 12th (Sun)
place: Noanji Temple
address: 2499 Mukaihara, Yamakita-cho, Ashigarakami-kori
access: 3 minutes walk from Higashiyamakita Station on the JR Gotemba Line

When you think about the fact that these events have been passed down in the region for a long time, over hundreds of years, you can feel the romance of history.

Starting from this time, I will be sharing a series of articles on the ``Summary of Kanagawa's intangible folk cultural assets'' in several parts. Next time we look forward to~

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