Hitachi’s Cultural Treasure and Sasara on Display

As part of the Kamine Shrine Ritual being performed on May 3rd, 4th, and 5th this year, Hitachi’s Cultural Treasure and Sasara will be displayed to the public.

The Kamine Shrine Ritual began in the year 1695, when Tokugawa Mitsukuni proclaimed Kamine Shrine the guardian shrine for the three villages of Miyata, Sukegawa, and Ose. The parishioners’ display of the Hitachi Cultural Treasure began in the period from 1716 to 1735, and it achieved its current form at the beginning of the Meiji era.

The Hitachi Cultural Treasure was declared a National Important Folk Asset in 1959, and became a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009. It refers to the ever-changing floats and the puppet theatre conducted on top of the floats. This will be the first time since the UNESCO designation that all 4 floats will be on display at the same time. This opportunity only comes around once every 7 years, so please don’t miss it!

Sasara refers to the lion dancing that accompanies shrine festivals. Part of the dancing involves the lions sounding the drums at their chests in time with the music of flutes, the other part involves the lions shaking their heads and manes.

Dates: May 3rd, 4th, 5th

Location: Hitachi City, Miyata-cho, Daiouin-dori (aka Festival Road)

The floats will be navigating between the North, West, East, and Main blocks of the city, between 2:30 to 5:30 on the 3rd, between 10am to 5pm on the 4th, and between 11am and 1:30pm on the 5th (cancelled if raining).

The Sasara will be performed at different points throughout the city between 20 minute to 1 hour intervals, from 8:30am to 7:15pm on the 4th (starting and ending at Kamine Shrine).

Related events:

Hitachi Hometown Museum presents ‘Hitachi’s Prayer Votives’

70 different pieces from Hitachi’s shrines and temples will be on display. Until May 6th.

Original link (Japanese)

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