a stage drama that people in a village had originally begun to perform
thanking a community deity for an abundant crop and praying for safety of
One of the egular Shinto
festivals in Takanecho Shinmei Shrine will be performed on May 1st.
On this day, Yo-Kagura, that is Kagura acted in the evening, will be
performed on a stage, named Kaguraden, built in
the precincts of Shinmei Shrine from the evening till the middle of the
These are Japanese
fantastic Shinto dances arranged with 14 traditional stories in Japanese
ancient times such as Shishi-Mai, Yamatotakerunomikoto-Mai, Amanoiwato-Mai
and etc., and will be performed together with 5 musicians of 2 drums and 3
They have been succeeded
by the Kagura group, named Takane–Kagura-Renchu, from about 130 years ago.
These will be also
performed in the regular Shinto festivals on New Year’s Day (Jan. 1st)
and Oct. 15th. Why don’t you watch Yo-Kagura designated as one
of the City’s Intangible Folk Cultural Assets?
Telephone Number: The
shrine hasn’t a phone.
To get there: Take a Funabashi Bus for Funabashi Green Heights at the
bus stop of the north of JR Funabashi Sta. and get off at Akiba-Jinja.