In the year 1136, people in Yamato district were suffering from flood or hunger, so Kanpaku(the rank to assist a Emperor)-Fujiwarano Tadamichi built the temporary palace and dedicated performing arts to Wakamiya God. Rain stopped and became to get rich harvest. So this became an annual event. This festival has been continued and this year is the 878th.
Yabusame by a boy. He put an arrow in the target excellently
Maiden in Shrine
before the parade
The festival was held from the 15th to the 18th on December. The climax is the 17th. At 0:00a.m. Wakamiya God enter at the temporary palace. From 12:00p.m. performing arts groups and people join the festival start a procession. From 3:30p.m. until 11:00p.m. they dedicate dances on the 9 m square grass stage. After those performing Wakamiya God get back to his usual palace around 11:30p.m.
They played Kagura
Azuma-asobi four boys played.
Since Onmaturi began in Nara where Japanese culture was born. Shinto ritual or Kagura, Azumaasobi, Yamatomai etc in old Japanese performing arts have been strictly protected .Bugaku that came from Korean peninsula are handed down. And Dengaku, Seinoo, Sarugaku etc that were formed among citizen in Middle Ages are succeeded relatively correctly. So this festival look like the museum of art performance.
Bugaku, Kitoku (I took last year.If you would like to see last bolg, click Here .)
( I took the year before last)
Bugaku, Nasori (I took last year)
Thank you for visiting during this year.
Wishing you Merry Christmas and Very Happy New year!
Best Wishes Sarah