Same Kagura


The Same Kagura is the traditional kagura of Samemachi, Hachinohe. It is one of the kagura that were brought to the Tohoku region by practitioners of shugendo, and is now passed from generation to generation by enthusiasts.
Its repertoire includes yamabushi (mountain hermit) kagura pieces such as the gongenmai, as well as the “Hakajishi,” in which we can see today the amalgamation of Buddhism and Shintoism.
Hachinohe has served in modern times as a trading port that connected the region with Edo (now Tokyo) and the Kansai region. As such, its 12-piece repertoire includes combination dances, such as the “Atakanoseki Kanjincho,” which are entertainment-heavy pieces influenced by kabuki and other arts.

Glossary of terms in Japanese Folk Performing Arts