Saw this in a Shimane Prefecture newspaper today:

Rough caption translation: Kento (the baby) says: “Last July I went to a summer festival and watched Kagura. My big sister cried, but I was fine even when a fox held me! I want to go see Kagura again someday!”

There are Kagura performances all over Shimane, and this one took place in Oda.

Kagura is an ancient form of dance with roots in Shintoism. The dances retell the stories of legendary gods. I’ve seen it in certain forms, but not a formal performance in a shrine yet. The time will come, and I’ll write more then!

Advertisements