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shishimai poster
Shishimai (Lion dance), a living dance, has been cultivated by a long history and is highly evaluated (regarded) as one of the highlights of entertainment for Shirakawa-go. During the Doburoku Festival, spectators (have) been totally absorbed in a world of tradition. Presently, 7 organizations keep the tradition alive.The large"Mukade Shishi"(Lion like a centipede) is given life when 4 dancers get under one cloth and dance with 8 legs. Another interesting lion dance tells us of a legend of 2 boys winning a battle against a lion, using a Japanese sword and halberd.

(Thank you, Takahashi, for your site from which I have extracted this set.)

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