Oshika Village, “Kabuki by village citizens”

Oshika Village, “Kabuki by village citizens”

Oshika Village, Nagano Pref. is located between South Alps and Central Alps surrounded by high mountains. In the winter only one road is available to go into this village. In this frontier Kabuki performance by local citizens has been continued more than 300 years. Currently the performances are made twice a year at the shrines in the village. The spring performance is on May 3 and the autumn performance is on the 3rd Sunday of October. As you see in the photo lots of audiences come to enjoy Kabuki performance even from cities far from the village.

The performances were even made overseas including Germany and Austria.

Oshika Kabuki is even designated as “a national selected intangible folk cultural property.”

 

 

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