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Ronin Dance 浪人踊

2014.07.14 (Mon)

rouninodori

This dance, a dignified four-centuries’ old traditional folk performing art, was passed down to Matsuzaki’s Third Ward. It is a memorial dance for the warriors from the Warring States period, but was originally a Buddhist folk dance. It is currently performed at the Suigosai Festival [link – JP], where members of the preservation association as well as children dress in black clothes and braided hats to appear as the original ronin warriors. The dance has been designated an important cultural property by Tottori Prefecture.

踊りは松崎三区に継承されていたもので、400年の伝統と高い格調を持つ民俗芸能です。この踊りは戦国武士の供養のための踊りですが、その源流は念仏踊りに発します。現在は、水郷祭で披露され、保存会と子どもが揃いの黒装束に編み笠などを身にまとい、浪人姿で踊ります。鳥取県の無形民俗文化財に指定されています。

 

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