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Hachiman Jinja Shrine in Asahi, Maibara. The Asahi Honen Taiko Odori is supposed to be performed at Oka Shrine, but they perform it here on Oct. 4. MAP
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The shrine is on the road going to Nagahama.
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Monument for Asahi village near Hachiman Shrine.
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About the Asahi Honen Taiko Odori. It originated in the latter 7th century in Ohara village when they started to cultivate new farming land. It was a rainmaking dance. Now held in Oct. in Maibara.
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Hachiman Shrine grounds where the taiko dance will be performed.
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Hachiman Shrine
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Hachiman Shrine
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The Asahi Honen Taiko Odori start walking from the Asahi neighborhood near Hachiman Shrine.
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With Mt. Ibuki in the background, the Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dance troupe head for Hachiman Shrine.
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Asahi is the name of the village, and Honen means rich harvest.
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Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dancers.
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Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dancers and Mt. Ibuki in Maibara, Shiga.
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The Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dancers arrive at Hachiman Shrine.
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The Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dancers at Hachiman Shrine on a beautiful, sunny day on Oct. 4, 2009.
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First they danced in two columns in the center.
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The Asahi Honen Taiko Odori is a National Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
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They later danced in a circle.
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Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dance in Maibara, Shiga.
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Note that this taiko dance will be canceled if it rains.
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