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
which I have extracted this set.) Photo to left from: http://www.
Photo to left from: http://www. culta.com/cw/performers/solo/shishimai/shishimai.html