The Attraction of Sato-kagura
Sato-kagura is a Shinto ritual ceremonial folk dance, in which prayers are offered to gods and the blessings are given to people. It is the oldest performing art in Japan. Has it persisted across the generations because it is beautiful? Sacred? A source of happiness? Or is it just luck? Let’s have a look — you are certain to learn something new. Even as the times change, the traditional art of kagura remains accessible to young and old to watch, join, and experience.
Getting to Know Kagura
Kagura is a Japanese pantomime. Many of the stories are based on Japanese mythology, integrating skills from noh and kabuki into the performance and spirit of kagura, with its expressive kagura masks that cross the barriers of language.
All ages can experience kagura at their own pace. You can stand on a real stage and take pictures in a real stage costume. It is an unusual and memorable experience that you can enjoy at any time of the year.
Intangible Cultural Property
“Bushu Sato-kagura” Ishiyama Shachu
Hiromasa, the tenth Grand Master of the Ishiyama Shachu School, has studied noh, Japanese traditional music, the Kojiki (Records of Ancient Matters), and Shinto rituals in addition to his family tradition of kagura, Edo bayashi (Japanese orchestra), and Shishimai (lion dance). He performs with leading artists of many genres, while expanding his fields of activities through the combination of kagura with the ancient Jomon culture of Japan, anime, English interpretation, sign language, storytelling, and the production of kagura foods. He intends to perform globally following the accession of Japan’s new emperor and the Tokyo Olympics.