Kasuga style Ochiai deer dance

Hanamaki City

Southern Iwate

The origin of the deer dance goes back 1,000 years, and the Kasuga style of Ochiai deer dance was performed by people carrying about 2 meters of Sasara bamboo on their backs, wearing deer masks, and beating a drum hung on their bellies. It is said that this festival began as a memorial service for a deer. It has ancient beliefs hidden in it, and has a high dignity even in its simplicity, and other dances that have been passed down in Towa Town include the Kanazu-style Tannai Shishi Odori and the Noganeyama Kagagara Shishi Odori. An intangible folk cultural property designated by Iwate Prefecture.

Ochiai, Towa-cho, Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture
Kimio Ohara
Phone number: 0198-42-4733

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