Nakasato Nanazumai Hozonkai Preservation Society

Iwaizumi Town, Iwate

The Nakasato Nanatsumai is derived from the beginning part of the Kuromori Kagura, one of the yamabushi (mountain hermit) kagura, which has been inherited in Shimohei district. The dance serves as gods’ usher with seven instruments such as sword, naginata (Japanese halberd), pounder, fan and so on. The nimble and wild character of the choreography is peculiar to Omoto community in Iwaizumi town. The dancers, mainly the elementary to high school students, make pairs facing each other to perform. The dance has been highly acclaimed through the nation, and also taught at Bakke-no-kai at Iwate University for 13 years.