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"Toyotaka no Mai" at the Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine Cherry Blossom Festival Gagaku Concert!

This video, titled "Toyotaka no Mai|Cherry Blossom Festival Gagaku Concert 2018" (豊栄の舞 さくらまつり雅楽演奏会2018), introduces gagaku, a traditional Japanese performing art.

The performance shown in the video, performed during the Gagaku Concert of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine's cherry blossom festival in Fuji, Shizuoka, is called "Toyotaka no Mai."
The performance was by the Dainin Gagaku Society on the temple grounds of Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha.

Gagaku and Other Aspects of Traditional Japanese Culture

Japan has a variety of traditional music and dance cultures, such as Noh and Kyogen.
In particular, there is a tradition of performing bugaku and kagura with Gagaku (ancient Japanese court music) at traditional festivals held in various parts of Japan.
Gagaku and kagura have been handed down in Japan as the traditional music of the imperial court since ancient times.
If you'd like to witness the splendor of gagaku and kagura, you can visit shrines and temples during traditional Japanese events such as Hatsumode, Setsubun, Cherry Blossom Festivals and Nodate tea ceremonies.

Toyotaka no Mai

oyotaka no Mai is a festive performance performed in the spring.
The dance is accompanied by women wearing red and white cloth and holding sakaki or other seasonal flowers, and the music is played on a Shou, Hichiriki, Gaku biwa (a large 4-stringed biwa used in gagaku​), and a Koto.
The priestesses who perform the Toyotaka no Mai, as shown at 0:44 in the video, spend a lot of time practicing and mastering the art of dancing to prepare for each performance.

Head out to the Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Cherry Blossom Festival Gagaku Concert!

At Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha's Cherry Blossom Festival, the "Kusajishi-no-maki" performance, which originated from Yoritomo Minamoto's Fuji-no-Makigari hunting (a hunting method where the hunting area is surrounded on all four sides by hunters), as well as performances by the Tenma Taiko Preservation Society (天間太鼓保存会演奏) and the Subordinate Tenjin Shrine's annual festival, are also held.
In May, a spectacular horseback archery festival is also held, which attracts many tourists.

Events other than the Cherry Blossom Festival Gagaku Performance are also a must-see for those looking to experience the charm of Japanese culture.

Summary of "Toyotaka no Mai," a Performance During Fujisan Hongu Sengen Taisha Shrine's Cherry Blossom Festival's Gagaku Concert

Toyotaka no Mai, shown in the video, is a traditional performance that has been passed down in Japan since ancient times.
The fantastic bugaku performance under the cherry blossoms at night is sure to make for a memorable experience.
If you want to learn more about Japanese traditional performing arts, be sure to check out the video!

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Sep. 15, 2020
坂崎 なお(Nao Sakazaki)
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