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AUG. 16

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17

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18

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Ogi, Sado Island, Niigata

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[Special Fringe] Iwasaki Onikenbai

Iwasaki Onikenbai

Iwasaki Onikenbai is a folk performing art upheld by locals in Waga-cho Iwasaki in Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture. Onikenbai means “demon sword dance.” This majestic dance is accompanied by the chanting of Buddhist prayers. It features demons powerfully stamping the ground to rejoice journeys to the Pure Land, drive away evil spirits, and pray for peace. Iwasaki Onikenbai refers to the art form and the name of the group that preserves it. This collective has been teaching the dance to many preservation groups since the Meiji period (1868-1912), and currently guides more than a dozen Onikenbai groups as they study this art form. Onikenbai is actually a set of 16 dances, ranging from courtyard dances for formal occasions to entertainment pieces. In 1993, Iwasaki Onikenbai was designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties of Japan. On November 30, 2022, it was registered as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Eight dancers powerfully stamping the ground and dancing with nimble grace to the Okado accompaniment—flutes, taiko, cymbals, and Buddhist chants—is a sight to behold. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this mesmerizing performance!

Event Details

Date/Time

Aug. 17 (Sat) 10:00–10:30

Venue

Triangle Park Fringe Stage

Featuring

Iwasaki Onikenbai

Notes

Free event *Performances will proceed rain or shine.

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Earth Celebration 2024

AUG. 16

FRI

17

SAT

18

SUN

Ogi, Sado Island, Niigata

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