Kanatsuryu Urahama Shishiodori


In 2000, 11 people from Urahama went to study the Kanatsuryu Yanagawa Shishiodori (Esashi Ward, Oshu) with the goal of reviving the Urahama Shishiodori, which had died out in the late Taisho period. After undergoing training, they performed the touwatashi-no-gi (ritual handover of shrine-caretaking duties) the following year after seventy-odd years of inactivity, hoping to restore the dance under the name of Kanatsuryu Urahama Shishiodori.
A key characteristic of the Kanatsuryu style is that its performers sing, dance and play the accompaniment all by themselves. A dance that combines a rustic simplicity with dignity and grace, it has been introduced widely at home and abroad as a local folk shishiodori dance.

Glossary of terms in Japanese Folk Performing Arts