Kawauchi Shishiodori


This is a shishiodori that a man named Kisota learned in Sendai where had gone to work for a sake dealer, and later brought back to his home village in 1781. It has been performed during the Bon Festival (August 15 and 16) every year. On August 15, it visits homes in their first year of mourning to pray for the dead, and also dances on bridges and in shrines. On August 16, it performs a ritual for the dead at the local Ryugetsu-in temple, which is the tradition passed down from the ancestors. Backup musicians are comprised of two drummers and two flutists. Shishi dancers are one main shishi, two side shishi, two tiny shishi, and one female shishi.