Inhabit the Everyday
Sat, February 9 - Mon, February 11

We’ll kick off the festival with the opening at the new city hall, Eastpia Miyako, offer Geinoh workshops in the snowy former Kawai village, and present Geinoh performances at Miyako Public Hall. Host Geinoh exchanges at the “Azumaya” which is a tangible cultural property of of Japan, and a Geinoh tour by Sanriku Railway. Over the three days, you’ll hear stories about the local area and the Geinoh that inhabits the everyday.



・Sanriku International Arts Festival Office|TEL +81-192-22-9830  MAIL Reception Hours 10:00–18:00 (weekday)

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・Sanriku International Arts Festival Office|TEL +81-192-22-9830  Reception Hours 10:00–18:00 (weekday)

Poster|Makkaku Kagura(Miyako)

Former Oguni Village.
A village deep in the mountains that was once a major center for forestry and a crossroads from all parts of Iwate.
The villagers call it the center of Iwate.
Makkaku Kagura has been passed down here for more than 200 years.
Although their masks are damaged, faded and broken, they still use ones that have been passed down from the beginning.
The members say that if they were to repaint the masks so they are shiny and new looking, something would feel wrong.
They are very particular about their masks.
Since their work and their lives are linked to the mountains, and they have lived among the trees for so long, it feels natural that the wood would start to show through.
The masks contain the sweat of 200 years.
Dancers cannot put the masks on themselves; the elders must put the masks on the dancers’ faces.