Intangible Folk-Cultural Property of Tokyo
Maruichi Senoh troupe
What is “Edo-Daikagura”?
“Edo” is an old name of Tokyo. “Daikagura”, it is very difficult to explain it. Reportedly, the original purpose of Daikagura was to serve as a talisman for the people, chasing away evil on behalf of Jingu (the grand Shintoism shrines). Thus, Daikagura was originally a very sacred and serious performance. Today, the performance is becoming people’s entertainment. They wear “kimono” and perform Japanese traditional juggling and the lion dance. If you get bitten by the lion, it’s good luck!