Hiroshima Akitakata Kagura: Akitakata

MATSURI: The Heartbeat of Japan

10m 00s
Broadcast on March 4, 2023 Available until March 4, 2028

Kagura, a form of votive music and dance, is a nationwide tradition with over a thousand years of history. While it is usually performed on a small stage on the grounds of a shrine, in Akitakata in Hiroshima Prefecture has a large hall dedicated to year-round kagura performances, and has 22 kagura troupes. As well as appearing on stage, they handle all the backstage and other preparations involved in putting on their strikingly memorable performances.

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