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matsuri, Kusakari shrine
of Hamochi present multiple traditional rituals in streets such as
onimai, onidaiko, tsuburosashi, ojishi lion dance, okesa, mikoshi, and
in the evening takigi noh on Kusakari shrines’s butai.
It was the gold rush to Sado in the 17th century, when the Noh fever spread on the island. Actors and performers were brought from
Honsu, main land. Before long, villagers, charmed by the drama and folklore of Noh, began competing among themselves to build more stages
(butai): now about thirty, but two hundred in the past. Since its discovery in 1601, until its closure in 1989, the Sado gold mine produced huge amounts of gold. The gold was also flattened into gold coins
is the symbol of Ogi. They
are oval, wooden tub-like boats unique to the town of
dances are performed in streets and at Sugawara and Kusakari shrines
during the annual festival. The dance is a simple, humorous, grotesque
and rhythmical form of folklore with primitive undertones. The main
performers are Tsuburosashi, and Sasarasuri; the former holds a large
solid stick, representing man's penis and the latter holds sasara, a
bamboo stick. The male-masked dancer wields a large wooden penis as the
female-masked dancer dances provocatively while making two sticks buzz
rhythmically together. The third performer, Zenidaiko carries a drum
decorated by coins that
have holes in the centre and strung together.
The dance was originally dedicated to shrines for praying for fertility
and abundant harvests. Tsuburo is local dialect for phallus and bottle
gourd. Sashi refers to rubbing.
origin of the dance is said to date back in the late 16th century, when
a messenger of the village leader, sent to
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