Lion Dance in Haji
The Lion Dance has been passed down from generation to generation for about 660 years. It is dedicated to the gods at festivals in April and September at Oimatsu Shrine, located in Haji, Keisen Town (which once flourished as a coal town).
This dance is said to have originated from people’s prayers for an abundant harvest and the safety of their households. It re-enacts a story in which a male and female lion leave the Tang Empire, cross the rough East China Sea, and finally arrive at Oimatsu Shrine. The dynamic and specutacular dance has been designated an Intangible Folk Cultural Asset by Fukuoka Precture and is deemed a highly artistic local performing art.
Before the beginning of the Lion Dance comes the “Mawariuchi”, in which children wearing white costumes, headbands, and five-colored sashes that symbolize hopes for a bountiful harvest hanging down their backs dance in a circle while beating a drum with a drumstick.
|Address||820-0607 3161 Oimatsu Shrine, Haji, Keisen Town, Kaho County, Fukuoka|
Keisen Town Office
|Access||By car – About a 15 minute drive from Honamihigashi Interchange off of the Yakiyama Bypass
By train – About a 30 minute walk from JR Keisen Station on the Chikuho Main Line
By bus – About a 10 minute walk from the Nishitetsu “Shimohaji” Bus stop
|Times Available||Held in April and September
|Genre||Entertainment (Festivals and Events)|
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