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The Sasara Dance of Kakunodate

“Sasara” is the local dialect for the traditional Lion Dance. The name comes from the sasara - wooden instruments played during the dance. The dance’s origins go back four hundred years, when the new lord Satake, arriving in exile from the south, had the dance performed in advance of his procession in order to drive away malevolent spirits. Now it is part of local O-Bon celebrations, danced as a prayer for a good harvest and good health.

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