Local Performing Art

Iwami Kagura

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Japan has a number of outstanding traditional arts and Kagura is one of them. Kagura can be traced back to a time when performances of dancing and music were dedicated to the deities of Japanese myth. According to myth, when the Sun Goddess Amaterasu hid behind a cave, the world became pitch dark. To lure the goddess out, other deties danced in front of the cave. This dancing by deities is believed to have inspired Kagura. In early days, only a select number of people were permitted to perform the sacred. In Ohda, Kagura has evolved into a unique form which retains its traditions through powerful performances of great artistry, delighting people of all ages.