Kawara Yoroi Kenbai

Ofunato City, Iwate

Taira clan was destroyed in Dannoura, and became ghosts of warriors to afflict Minamoto no Yoshitsune. The Kawara Yoroi Kenbai is a performance that expresses Benkei’s reading of the sutra aloud to put these ghosts of Taira clan to rest, and is danced wearing an armor and mask that represents each spirit.
Since 1772, this dance has been passed down through its repetitive complications, and in 1936, volunteers from both Kawara and Kubo districts revived the Kawara Yoroi Kenbai, which continues to this day.