Local Festival Held During Obon Season (Hachinohe City)
■Hakajishi (Grave Lion Dance): August 14 (Sat), 15 (Sun), 2021
＊The event on August 14 (Sat) has been cancelled due to rainy weather.
＊The event on August 15 (Sun) has taken place as its schedule.
■Naimo Naimo: This year's event has been cancelled.
■Hakajishi: Fuboku Temple Cemetery, Same Town (about 500m from the temple)
This is a memorial dance for the dead, performed at the graveside by the Same Kagura Renchu at the Fuboku Temple Cemetery in Same Town by the request of family members. The Gongen-sama Shishi quietly to the song exchanged between the living and the dead, to send the dead to their final resting place. The melancholy song that is sung in remembrance of the deceased, brings tears to the eyes of the people who mourn.
This is a memorial service for the dead, held in the evening, where parishioners at Fukusho Temple and others in the Shirogane district chant Buddhist prayers. For more than 250 years, the festival has been led by an old family, the Masayas, in Shirogane. At around 7p.m., the Masaya clan (with their high-hanging lanterns, banners, and ohayashi musical accompaniment) would arrive at Fukusho Temple, followed by hundreds of parishioners, chanting “Yoina inamiamida, ogamuda” as they make their way through the cemetery.
■Hakajishi: The living and the dead communicate with each other through songs. Gongen-sama, in which the soul has descended and dwelt, speaks quietly to the living, and dances, and the living respond. Finally, the ceremony ends with the dead returning to the Land of Bliss. The melancholy ohayashi musical accompaniment and song draws tears from those who join hands in prayer for the deceased.
■Naimo Naimo: At around 7p.m., the Masaya clan (with their high-hanging lanterns, banners, and ohayashi musical accompaniment) would arrive at Fukusho Temple, followed by hundreds of parishioners, chanting “Yoina inamiamida, ogamuda” as they make their way through the cemetery.
FY2021 Japan Cultural Expo Project Presented and Co-presented by Agency for cultural Affairs,Government of Japan,and Japan Arts Council,Sanriku International Arts Committee
Co-organized byHachinohe City, Hashikami Town, Hirono Town, Kuji City, Fudai Village, Tanohata Village, Iwaizumi Town, Miyako City, Yamada Town, Otsuchi Town, Kamaishi City, Ofunato City, Rikuzentakata City, Sumita Town , Sanriku Railway Co., Ltd., Japan Folk Performing Arts Association, NPO Iwate Arts Support Center, NPO Japan Contemporary Dance Network, Culture Vision Japan Foundation Inc.
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