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Now, let's go see traditional events that can only be seen here! Series Summary of Intangible Folk Cultural Properties of Kanagawa 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

Intangible folk cultural properties may sound somewhat formal and unfamiliar, but there are also familiar things such as lion dance, kite flying, and dontoyaki, as well as puppet shows, kagura, and festival music.

There are many intangible folk cultural properties in Kanagawa, and there is a map of intangible folk cultural properties on the prefecture's website. Why don't you visit this precious historical culture based on this?

Kanagawa Prefecture Homepage Intangible Folk Cultural Assets of Kanagawa Prefecture
URL: http://www.pref.kanagawa.jp/cnt/f6658/p401454.html

Yokohama area

Morooka-Kumano Shrine Tsutsugayu Ritual (Yokohama City Designated Intangible Folk Cultural Property)

This yearly fortune-telling ritual using rice porridge has been held continuously since 949. A cauldron is set up in the mourning garden on the precincts, and brown rice, sacred tree leaves, and 27 reed cans are put into it early in the morning and porridge is boiled. It predicts crop patterns and weather.

Date and time: January 14 (Sat) *Closed in 2017
place: Morooka Kumano Shrine
address: 1137 Morookacho, Kohoku Ward, Yokohama City
access: About 10 minutes on foot from Okurayama Station on the Tokyu Toyoko Line
URLs: http://www.kumanojinja.or.jp/P2%20tutugayu/tutugayu.html

Shonan area

Kamakura Kiyariuta - Intangible Cultural Property Designated by Kamakura City -

Kiyariuta is a work song when pulling wood, but it was also sung when pulling heavy objects such as stones. Ondo sings on a wooden cart, and during the musical accompaniment, all the pullers work together to pull it through towns and riverbeds.

Date and time: January 4 (Wednesday) *Closed in 2017
place: Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura City, etc.
address: Kamakura Station area
access: JR, Enoshima Electric Railway Kamakura Station
URLs: http://www.kumanojinja.or.jp/P2%20tutugayu/tutugayu.html

Kamakura Kagura - Intangible Cultural Property Designated by Kamakura City -

Yukamakura Kagura is also known as Yudate Kagura or Yubana Kagura, in which hot water is poured into a kettle and a mountain decoration is set up, and dancers dance in the "mountain".

First Kagura

Date and time: January 6 (Friday) *Closed in 2017
place: Yakumo Shrine
address: 1-11-22 Omachi, Kamakura City
access: About 10 minutes on foot from JR, Enoshima Electric Railway Kamakura Station
URLs: https://www.city.kamakura.kanagawa.jp/kamakura-kankou/event/0106hatsukagura.html

Fujisawa Tobishoku Kiyashi (Including Ladder Glue, Dressing) -Fujisawa City Designated Intangible Cultural Property-

Kiyari is a song that combines two elements: a chanting element (praying for the protection of the gods because there are many dangerous tasks) and a shouting element (a signal to concentrate power at one time).

Fujisawa New Year's Firefighting Ceremony

Date and time: January 8 (Sun) *Closed in 2017
place: Fujisawa City Fire and Disaster Prevention Training Center (former site of Fujisawa Kita High School)
address: 3417-1 Ishikawa, Fujisawa City
access: About 20 minutes on foot from Mukai-Nidaimae Station on the Odakyu Enoshima Line
URLs: https://www.city.fujisawa.kanagawa.jp/syoubou/event/dezomesiki/dezomesiki.html

Oiso no Sagicho - Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan -

It is an event centered on the fire festival held on the Kitahama coast on the weekend close to January 14th. From one month before the festival, many events such as "Ichiban Son", "Michikiri", "Seven Places Visit", "Seet Ballet", and "Yannagokko" are held in nine districts.

Date and time: January 14 (Sat) *Closed in 2017
place: Oiso Kitahama Beach (Sagicho)
address: Oiso-cho, Naka-gun
access: 10 minutes on foot from JR Oiso Station
URLs: http://www.town.oiso.kanagawa.jp/isotabi/matsuri_event/matsuri/sagichou.html

Miura area

Chakkirako - UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage/National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property -

Chakkirako is one of the folk performing arts that is performed only by women to pray for a good catch, a good harvest, and prosperous business in the Nakazaki/Hanagure area of Misaki, Miura City and Kainan Shrine on January 15th every year.

Date and time: January 15 (Sun) *Closed in 2017
place: Main Shrine, Kainan Shrine (4-12-11 Misaki, Miura City), Nakazaki Ryujin, Hanagure Ryugu, around Misaki Port
address: Miura City
access: Get off at Keihin Kyuko "Misakiguchi" station, take the Keikyu bus bound for Misakiko and get off at "Misakiko", walk 3 minutes
URLs: http://www.city.miura.kanagawa.jp/sho-gaku/tyakkirako.html

Central area

Tana Hachimangu Festival - Sagamihara City Designated Intangible Folk Cultural Property -

The outcome of a bow and arrow shot in a traditional event to foretell the harvest of the year is foretold.

Date and time: January 6 (Friday) *Closed in 2017
place: Tana Hachiman Shrine
address: 1-8-28 Suigo Tana, Chuo Ward, Sagamihara City
access: From Sagamihara Station on the JR Yokohama Line, take a bus bound for "Suigo Tana" (No. 17), get off at "Fureai Kagakukan-mae" and walk 5 minutes.
URLs: http://www.e-sagamihara.com/event/january/0274/

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

Fukuda Shrine Hayashi Lion Dance is said to have been handed down by parishioners of Shinosha, which is enshrined together by Fukuda Shrine in the Fukuda district of Yamato City, and has continued since the end of the Edo period.

The 7th New Year Fukuda Shrine Accompaniment and Lion Dance

Date and time: January 7 (Friday) *Closed in 2017
place: Yanagibashi Fureai Plaza
address: 3-12-1 Soyanagi, Yamato-shi
access: About 15 minutes on foot from Sakuragaoka Station on the Odakyu Enoshima Line
URLs: http://www.townnews.co.jp/0401/2017/01/06/364532.html

Traditional Firefighting (Kiyari Uta, Matoi Furi, Ladder Riding) - Designated Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Atsugi City -

Towards the end of the Edo period, Atsugi City had a fire extinguisher organized, and people involved in construction, called Tobishoku, played that role. The Atsugi City Traditional Firefighting Preservation Society inherits the virtuosic skills of "Kiyari Uta, Matoi Furi, and Ladder Riding," which were born in the firefighting industry.

Atsugi City New Year's parade of firefighters

Date and time: January 8 (Sun) *Closed in 2017
place: Atsugi City Ogino Sports Park
address: 1500 Kamiogino, Atsugi City
access: From the Odakyu Line Hon-Atsugi Station North Exit No. 1 bus stop, take the bus bound for Tobio Danchi (partial), Matsukagedai, Kamiogino Shako, or Hanbara, get off at Inarigi, and walk about 10 minutes.
URLs: http://www.city.atsugi.kanagawa.jp/kaiken/jouhou/d036987.html

Sagami Puppet Theater (Hase-za/Hayashi-za) -National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property-

Sagami Puppet Theater is a puppet theater introduced to the Sagami region from the middle of the Edo period. There are features.

The 44th Sagami Puppet Theater Tournament (Hase-za, Hayashi-za, Shimonaka-za, Maedori-za, Ashigara-za)

Date and time: February 19 (Sun) Start 12:00 (Doors open 11:30)
place: Atsugi City Cultural Center Large Hall
address: 1-9-20 Onna, Atsugi-shi
access: About 13 minutes on foot from Hon-Atsugi Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line
URLs: http://www.city.atsugi.kanagawa.jp/shiminbenri/kosodatekyoiku/bunkazai/saijiki/event/d036556.html
remarks: * Pre-registration required by return postcard

Western area

Shirahige Shrine Fire Festival - Odawara City Intangible Folk Cultural Property –

Shirahige Shrine is a New Year's ritual that predicts the year's bountiful harvest.

Date and time: January 7 (Sat) *Closed in 2017
place: Shirahige Shrine
address: 669 Kofune, Odawara City
access: About 2 minutes on foot from JR Ninomiya Station, get off at "Shimonaka Police Station Mae"
URLs: http://www.city.odawara.kanagawa.jp/field/lifelong/property/cultural/intangible/muukeishirahige.html

Sagami Puppet Theater (Shimonakaza) -National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property-

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

Lusca Odawara Performance

Date and time: January 15 (Sun) *Closed in 2017
place: Lusca Odawara 6F U-me Terrace
address: 1-1-9 Sakaemachi, Odawara-shi
access: Immediately from Odawara Station on the JR and Odakyu Lines
URLs: http://www.lusca.co.jp/odawara/news/90/

Kotake Community Center Performance

Date and time: January 29 (Sun) 11:00-12:00
place: Odawara City Kotake Public Hall
address: 1761 Kodake, Odawara City
access: About 2 minutes on foot from JR Ninomiya Station, get off at "Sudoguchi" bus stop
URLs: http://shimonaka-za.com/event/

World's Hyakumanben Nenbutsu

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

Date and time: February 11 (Sat)-12 (Sun)
place: Noanji Temple
address: 2499 Mukohara, Yamakita-cho, Ashigara-kami-gun
access: 3 minute walk from Higashiyama Kita Station on the JR Gotemba Line
URLs: http://www.town.yamakita.kanagawa.jp/contents_detail.php?co=cat&frmId=573&frmCd=1-9-5-0-0

I feel the romance of history when I think about the fact that these events have been passed down over hundreds of years and have been handed down in the region even today.

From this time onwards, I will be sharing a series of articles on "Kanagawa's Intangible Folk Cultural Properties" in several installments. Next time we look forward to~

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