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TAKIGI KAGURA AT KAMEIDO TENJIN SHRINE ANNUAL FESTIVAL
|Annual Festival of Kameido Tenjin Shrine
Kameido Tenjin Shrine in Kameido, Koto-ku.
Aug. 25-Aug. 28
Aug. 25 (Thu): Sato Kagura (9 a.m.-4 p.m.)/ Takigi (Torch Light) Kagura after sunset. Admission: free/ Children's Yoyo Games (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.).
Aug. 27 (Sat): Pro Wrestling (3 p.m.-4:30 p.m.)/ Children's Yoyo Games (5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.)/ Okinawa Traditional Sansen Music (6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.)
Aug. 28 (Sun): Shrine Mikoshi Parade (7 a.m.-6:30 p.m.)
More than hundreds of lanterns in the precincts of the shrine will be lit up from August 25 to 28
Access: 15 minutes walk from Kameido Station on JR Sobu Line.
Telephone: 03-3681-0010 (Kameido Tenjin)
|Kagura is a masked dancing and is a ritual performance presented at shinto festivals and court functions. The purpose is to please shinto gods. Origin of Kagura dates back to early times of mythological days and is still performed widely throughout the country. The forms of kagura are extremely diverse such as solemn mikagura which is performed at the imperial palace or related shrines, Ise kagura, Izumo kagura, shishi kagura, miko kagura performed by priestess, comical sato-kagura which are performed often at local shrines, and more. (quoted from Kodansha International Japan Encyclopedia).
Kagura Play at Kameido Tenjin Shrine is performed by Iwadate Miyoshi Shachu Kagura Group.
Takigi (Torch Light) Kagura at Kameido Tenjin Shrine (Aug. 25, 2016)
Title: Tenjin (Sugawara Michizane)
Performed by Iwadate Miyoshi Shachu Kagura Group
Michizane Sugawara (Tenjin-sama) meets emperor Daigo at the court. Michizane was rumored
to have a mind of a revolt.
Emperor Daigo denounced him and removed Michizane's title and position at the court.
Michizane was exiled to Dazaifu, Kyushu. His disappointment was deep and died there.
After Michizane's death, Emperor Daigo was often attacked by sicknesses.
Emperor is given medicine by his retainer
In a nightmare, Emperor sees a devil-like Raijin (Thunder God) a messenger from the other world.
The messenger tells the emperor in a nightmare that his sickness
will heal if the emperor restores Michizane's honor.
Emperor realized Michizane was falsely accused and promised the messenger to restore
Michizane's honor. Suddenly a devil-like messenger turned Michizane's incarnation.
Emperor regained his heath
Incarnation of Michizane dances before the emperor in appreciation of restoration of his honor.
Takigi Kagura at Kameido Tenjin Shrine 2004