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HINOEMATA KABUKI
Experience the traditional performing art preserved by villagers’ perseverance.

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Since the Edo period (1603-1868), Hinoemata Kabuki has been handed down many generations; parents to their children and grandchildren. The production of Kabuki play is all done by the villagers. The performers on the stage are farmers and ordinary people in the village. Hinoemata Kabuki is designated as the national significant tangible folk cultural asset.

Since the Edo period (1603-1868), Hinoemata Kabuki has been handed down many generations; parents to their children and grandchildren. The production of Kabuki play is all done by the villagers. The performers on the stage are farmers and ordinary people in the village. Hinoemata Kabuki is designated as the national significant tangible folk cultural asset.

Hinoemata Kabuki Spotlight

Hinoemata Amphitheater
The stage is surrounded by flight of stone stairs placed on a slope of a neighboring shinto shrine. The audiences are seated on the stone stairs and may enjoy the sacred atmosphere.
Hinoemata Kabuki Denshokan “Chiba-no-ya”
At Chiba-no-ya, you will be able to see rare stage properties, such as costumes and play scripts. That might satisfy your curiosity about the history of Kabuki.
Hashiba-no-Banba
On the way to the Chinjyu Shrine, you will meet a stone statue of an elderly lady, Banba. She is the god of water. She protects children from accidents in water.
Matchmaking good and Separating bad ties.
Lately, Banba is worshiped as the god of relationship. It is said that if a person wishes to cut a bad tie in a relationship, he/she may offer new scissors that are sharp. On the other hand, when a person wishes for a lingering good relationship, he/she may offer dull scissors. Also, it is said that Banba will answer any wishes you may have when you offer a cover of Owan (a type of bowl) on top of her head.

Basic Information

Kabuki schedule: May, August and September.
Location: Idaira, Hinoemata
Contact: Oze Hinoemata Onsen Tourist Association.
http://www.oze-info.jp.e.ts.hp.transer.com/kabuki/

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