Acting out “the place where gods dwell”.
Kagura is a form of ritual performing art, and the word derives from “”kamukura”” which means “”the place where gods dwell””. It is believed that the songs and dances performed at these places eventually came to be called Kagura. The origin of Kagura is said to be the “”Legend of Ama no Iwado”” mentioned in Japanese mythology.
Night of mythology
The cave where Amaterasu Omikami hid, is Amano Iwado in Takachiho, and it is now a famous place of worship known as Amano Iwado Shrine. “”The Night Kagura of Takachiho””, which is performed to give thanks for the harvest and to pray for a fertile season for the following year, is designated as an Important National Intangible Folk Cultural Property. From late November to mid February, a series of 33 scenes are performed at various Kagura venues.
- Takachiho Shrine Kagura Performance Hall
- Takachiho-cho, Nishiusuki-gun, Miyazaki Prefecture