JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

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The dance is a prayer for a good harvest and to ward off bad luck. This dance was once performed by about 20 shrines along the Tamagawa River in Tokyo and Kawasaki. Now, only this shrine performs it in Tokyo. 天児屋根命(あめのこやねのみ�This god is called Amenokoyane-no-Mikoto (god of festivals).

天狗様「猿田彦命(さるたひこのみこと)」や、神事、祭りを司る神「天児屋根命(あめのこやねのみこと)」、山の幸の神「彦火火出見命(ひこほほでみのみこと)」など、それぞれの役どころを表現する個性豊かな神の舞を見せてくれる。
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A small square area with a straw mat enclosed by a shimenawa sacred rope is the makeshift stage for the Negi-no-Mai Sacred Dance at Tenso Shrine.
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A total of five gods are depicted in this sacred dance. Today, "Negi" refers to the rank of a Shinto priest. During the Edo Period, "Negi" referred to Shinto priests in general. 山の幸の神「彦火火出見命(ひこほほでみ
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This god is called Hikohohode-no-Mikoto which brings food from the mountains. Negi-no-Mai is nicknamed Dedenko-mai, in reference to the taiko drum beat ("dedenko").
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This last god, called Oyamazumi-no-Mikoto, threw mochi rice cakes to everyone. He brings water, greenery, etc. from the mountains. 大山
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Kentosai Sacred Dance
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Shrine maidens perform Kentosai dance
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Sacred rock where the god lives.
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I was waiting for this. Sacred dances by shrine maidens who looked to be high school girls.
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In the morning and early afternoon of January 1 and 2, shrine maidens perform sacred dances (初神楽) on the Noh stage.
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Kaguraden stage where they performed sacred dances. They would dance on Jan. 1 and 2, in the morning and early afternoon.
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Most of the snow had melted.
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Amazake (sweet sake, non-alcoholic) for 300 yen/cup to warm you up.
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Preparing gallons upon gallons of amazake (sweet sake, non-alcoholic). 300 yen/cup.
     
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