Miyako City Local Folk Performing Arts Festival Mar. 3(Sun),2024

  • 2023
  • Appreciation
  • Date

    2024.3.3 (日)

  • Time

    Open :1:30pm-3:30pm

  • Locate

    Miyako Civic Cultural Hall, Main Hall

  • Fee

    Free(A numbered ticket is required)

Miyako City, which is home to Jodogahama on the Sanriku Coast and the sacred mountain Mt. Hayachine in the Kitakami Mountain Range, has inherited various traditional folk performances such as Kagura, Shishimai, Kenbai, and Sansa Odori. Visit Miyako to enjoy selected traditional performances along with the winter delicacies from the sea.

The Ogatsu Houin Kagura, which make a guest appearance, is designated as an important intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan, and is deeply connected to the fishing industry in Ishinomaki City. From Miyako City, performances include the Norinowaki Shishimai from the famous salmon-producing Tsugaruishi area, the Tsugaruishi Sansa Odori passed down from Morioka, and the Tashiro Dai Nenbutsu Kenbai, influenced by the renowned Kuromori Kagura representing Miyako.

To enjoy the Miyako City Local Folk Performing Arts Festival, check out the Kyodo Geinou Kashimashi Radio podcast featuring commentary and highlights at https://lit.link/kasimasiradio
Episode 2: Odense! (Welcome): The Miyako City Local Folk Performing Arts Festival

Guest: Yuichiro Kariya, Director, City History Compilation Office, Cultural Affairs Division, Miyako City Board of Education

Venue:Miyako Civic Cultural Hall, Main Hall(Sokei Miyako )


Access Model from Tokyo (While a day trip is possible using public transportation, we recommend staying overnight.)

Day1 3/2(Sut.)

08:20Tokyo Sta.―Morioka Sta.(10:30)Tohoku Shinkansen Komachi 1
10:40Morioka Sta.
(East Exit Bus stop 7)―Miyako Sta.(12:20)
106 Express bus 
Sightseeing and stay in Miyako

Day2 3/3(Sun.)

~13:00Sightseeing in Miyako
13:30Miyako City Local Folk Performing Arts Festival
The performance is scheduled to end at 3:30 PM.
Miyako Civic Cultural Hall, Main Hall
16:55Miyako Sta. ―Morioka Sta.(18:35)106 Express bus
18:50Morioka Sta.-Tokyo Sta.(21:04)Tohoku Shinkansen Komachi 42

Tourist Information

Miyako City is one of Japan’s leading producers of hairy crabs. At the specially set-up venue in Miyako City Fish Market, numerous local specialties and gourmet food stalls from Miyako will be exhibited along with hairy crabs. Free shuttle buses from Miyako Station to the venue, free shuttle sightseeing boats between Jodogahama and Desaki Pier, and special “Hairy Crab Trains” from Morioka Station will also be in operation, attracting a large number of visitors. There will also be a stage performance by Yamaguchi Taiko, a taiko drumming group representing Miyako.

Date :March 3.2024 9:00~2:00
Venue:Specially set-up venue at Miyako City Fish Market
TEL:0193-62-3534 (Tourism Information Bureau in Miyako Station Square)

Jodogahama, located at the heart of Sanriku Fukko National Park and Sanriku Geopark, is a representative scenic spot of Miyako City. Its beauty, praised as “resembling paradise,” is the result of long years of volcanic eruptions, crustal movements, and erosion by seawater. With numerous attractions such as peculiar rock formations and caves, visitors can also enjoy cruising around on sightseeing boats or small boats. In the summer, it is a popular beach spot, selected as one of the Ministry of the Environment’s Top 100 Beaches for swimming.

Jodogahama visitor center : 32-69 Hitachihama-cho, Miyako-shi, Iwate 027-0001
Open:9:00AM~5:00PM  Closed:New Year holidays
TEL:0193-65-1690   FAX:0193-65-1691

☆More tourist information→ https://kankou385.jp/



Norinowaki Shishi-mai
Tashiro Dainenbutsu Kenbai
Tsugaruishi Sansa-odori

Ogatsu Houin Kagura(Ishinomaki City,Miyagi)


  • Tashiro Dai Nenbutsu Kembai

    The origin of this kembai is said to trace back to 300 years ago, when people in this area danced in front of Miyako magistrate office as a prayer for the victims of a great starvation. Having become a vital tradition, the dancers nowadays go around houses to pray for the recently departed, and to Eiko-ji temple and Kyusho-ji temple in Tashiro community to appease the souls of ancestors on 16th of August every year. When they visit a house, they hold a ritual called segaki ogami; they face to ihai (Buddhist mortuary tablet) and chant Buddhist sutra, waving the fan vertically. Since 1966, they also give classes to children at Kigaku Elementary School to maintain the tradition.

  • Norinowaki Shishi-mai

    Norinowaki Shishimai (Miyako City)
    It is said that Norinowaki Shishimai originated in the late Edo period, when Sashiro, a son-in-law from Moichi of Miyako City, brought the Moichi Shishi Odori to the Norinowaki District. It is said that the dance took its present form in the Taisho era.


  • Tsugaruishi Sansa-Odori Preservation Society

    The Tsugaruishi Sansa is said to have been passed down from the fish dealers who learned sansa odori in Morioka in Kan’ei era (1624-1643). Having grown in popularity since Kansei era (1789-1800), it was brought by Manta Tateshita to Tsgugaruishi-Shinmachi in the Taisho period (1912-1926) and established as today’s form. They dedicate this dance at the festival at Tsugaruishi Inari Shrine on August 16 every year, and perform it with a ship-shaped float “Toraichi Maru” at Miyako Autumn Festival. Nowadays, they give classes at elementary schools and junior high schools, and take part in Morioka Sansa Odori Festival. Since the Tsugaruishi community was damaged by Typhoon No. 18 in 2019, they participate many events to mourn the victims.


Iwate Arts support Center

Sanriku International Arts Festival 2023

Organized by|Sanriku International Arts Committee, Japan Arts Council, and Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan

Co-organized by|Hachinohe City, Hashikami Town, Hirono Town, Kuji City, Noda Village, 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, and NPO Japan Contemporary Dance Network

Cooperated by|NPO Michinoku Trail Club, imajimu LLC, Tohoku Cultural Property Video Research Institute, Minna no Shirushi LLC