Niino no Yukimatsuri

新野の雪祭り

 

 

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The festival of Niino is very rare as well as Sakanbe winter festival. Dengaku and Sarugaku, original forms of Noh dances, are held all night through. The fabulous masks look like Picasso’s paintings. The most important god is Saiho who dances in peculiar fashion purifying rice seeds and promising good harvest. Modoki, a partner of Saiho, plays comical role. Modoki derived from an old Japanese verb “modoku” or mimic. All together thirteen dances are performed and the festival concludes with the last performance ta-asobi or field play, in which the outcome of the year is predicted. The festival is held in snowy freezing night.  Villagers believe that snow will bring about a bumper crop for the coming year and call out joyfully; We got a best of luck of heavy snow! Yukimatsuri was earlier called Dengaku matsuri.

 

 

 

Copyright (C) 2003-2006: Kari Gröhn All rights reserved. 

 

 

 

 

Copyright (C) 2003-2006: Kari Gröhn All rights reserved. 

 

 

 

 

Copyright (C) 2003-2006: Kari Gröhn All rights reserved. 

 

 

 

 

Copyright (C) 2003-2006: Kari Gröhn All rights reserved. 

 

 

 

 

Copyright (C) 2003-2006: Kari Gröhn All rights reserved. 

 

 

 

 

Copyright (C) 2003-2006: Kari Gröhn All rights reserved. 

 


 

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