Hachinohe City, Aomori
The Ichikawa Kagura is an age-old tradition of the Hamaichikawa district of Ichikawa, Hachinohe. Its ritual dance performance in July at the local Shirahige Shrine’s annual festival is a busy occasion that draws large crowds.
For over 40 years now, the troupe has coached children at the local Taga Elementary School. The tradition looks to endure, with its spring prayer custom revived after over two decades in January 2018, led primarily by college and high school students.