Chiyoda Super Kagura  (千代田スーパー神楽)

 

 

Copyright (C) 2002-2006: Kari Gröhn. All rights reserved.

 

 

When I arrived at the Chiyoda elementary school, the local people had already started dancing kagura, a rhythmic and very fast dance to the music of drums and flutes. Chiyoda kagura is well known as super kagura – its costumes are gorgeous, embroidered with gold and silver strings. In addition this super kagura team has brought special effects to their performances – smoke machine, which is usually associated with the appearance of a demon, is a hit with the audience. Paper spider webs are either concealed in the palm of an actor's hand, or are hidden above the entrance break in the back curtain. These are dropped or thrown as the demon attempts to ensnare his righteous victim. The kagura in this region is said to have originated from Omoto kagura in Shimane. Today the super kagura has increasingly seized young people’s heart.

 A boy was glued to the stage. In a local theatre the audiences enjoy the occasion in their own ways – they eat, drink, chat and even converse with actors on the stage. The boy may be a potential kagura dancer of next generation.

 

 

 

Copyright (C) 2002-2006: Kari Gröhn. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

Copyright (C) 2002-2006: Kari Gröhn. All rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

Copyright (C) 2002-2006: Kari Gröhn. All rights reserved.

 


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