Hira Kodomo Shichifukujin

Ofunato City, Iwate

The Hira Shichifukujin was passed down from Hirota-cho in Rikuzentakata City at the beginning of the Showa era (late 1920s), originating in the Hira region where many people owned boats, and is said to have started as a dance for praying for a bountiful catch. The dance has been performed since kong ago at the Kamo Shrine’’s Shikinen imperial memorial ceremony (five-year festival).
Typically, boys in the 5th and 6th grades of elementary school and those in junior high school perform the dance, while students in the 3rd and 4th grades perform the taiko drums, and adults and girls play the flute.
Please enjoy the energetic Shichifukujin performed by the children.