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National designated, Important intangible folk cultural property
Classification Ken dance
name Iwasaki Onikenbu (Iwasaki Onikenbai)
alias Iwasaki Kenmai
Designated date December 13, 1993
Holding group Iwasaki Kiken Dance Conservation Society
location Wakamachi Kitakami City

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Iwasaki Oni Ken Dance

The first garden crazy (the most crawling)


Dance (spring)


The origin of Oni-Ken Dance in the Kitakami Waka region. The origin of the great treasure year (701-704) is also the beginning of the fact that the protagonist small angle of the role of the master of the discipline dances while chanting Nembutsu, but the Hakushin good devil's house of the Dainichi Nyojin It is said that it was transmitted from the incarnation as a deity-in-the-life Nendobutsu dance. The transmission time to the Kitakami Waka region is unknown, but in the Kohei era (1058 to 65), Goro Kurosawajiri, a child of Abe Yoritori, preferred this dance, and it was widely transmitted that he was allowed to dance at the time of the troop of the troop It is said that In Enbo 17 (1732), “Nembutsu Kenbu Derived Record”, when Enshin 5 (1360), Iwasaki Castle lord Ikuzaki Ikuro invited his lord, Masayoshi Waga, to the castle and let him dance the dance. There is a description that he was very happy and allowed the use of the family crest, 笹 ド ウ. Dancers are basically eight people, but depending on the program they dance with one to eight people. The dancer has a mauze-covered face (white on the center of the dancer), and a wide-mouthed collar on the sleeve of the flat mouth. It bears a sword, has a chain on its arm, and holds a hand-held fan on the right hand and a red metal-clad stick on the left hand with a handkerchief, a back, a footrest and a white foot bag. The performances are "First Garden," "First Garden Madness," "Swords Dance", "Height to Beast", etc. There are also those with unique embarrassing Nembutsu, but basically no poem is attached to the dance.

Main performance place

Summer oil hot spring bonfire performance (July-August), Kitakami Michinoku Entertainment Festival (August), Iwasaki Nizen Shrine Festival (October)