Festivals & Events
Daidai Kagura is a traditional performing art presented before Shinto gods. Legend says the ritual at Shinagawa-jinja Shrine was dedicated to prayer for victory as Tokugawa Ieyasu embarked on the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600. Today, dancers wearing masks passed down since the reign of the Tokugawa shogunate, or the Edo period from 1603 to 1868, perform to 12 tunes played by master musicians. In the annual spring festival, six numbers are performed including the Shihohai-no-mai Dance and the Inari-no-mai Dance.
Dai-Dai Kagura is a Tokyo-designated Intangible Cultural Property.
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