Takisawa keibai Preservation Society

Hirono Town,Iwate

Takisawa Keimai is a local performing art from the Takisawa district of Taneichi in Hirono Town, and is said to have been handed down during the Ansei era (1854-1860). While it is closely related to Kenbai, a type of elegant nenbutsu dance that can be observed throughout almost the entire Iwate Prefecture, it is also influenced by Yamabushi Kagura, as seen in the costumes such as the bird-shaped helmets and the verses of the grave nenbutsu.
The dancers form a circle around a willow (flower) and perform more than 20 different dances to the accompaniment of musical instruments.