Maeda Kodomo Shishiodori

Ofunato City, Iwate

The Maeda Shishiodori is said to have originated approximately 330 years ago, passed down from Iriya in Minamisanriku-cho, Miyagi Prefecture. At the time, the Kesen region was prosperous from gold mining, and the gold miners introduced the Shishiodori.
The dance style is known as “Gyozan-ryu,” and one of the representative performances is called “Sannin Gurui.” This dance depicts a story where three male deer compete for a female deer, and in the end, one male deer emerges as the victor.