A message from the 1923 Taisho 10 (1921) is transmitted to the preservation association of Tono city Kotomocho Nagano. According to this report, it is said that the Higashiyama Gosho, who has been accompanied by Atsuhiro Takayasu, who created the west visit house in the same town Nagano, told in hopes of the prosperity of the descendants in 1597. Obtained this certificate of approval from Tono Hachiman Shrine (now Tonogo Hachimangu Shrine) in 1935 (1935), became the company's role Lion, to this day.
Shiho dance in the Tono region is a curtain dance that dances while turning the curtain attached to the front. Dances called makudori dances exist in Kinnuki, Iwate, Nichinohe, Shimokitanai, etc. If you compare art, it should be called Tono type. The characteristic is that it is required to attach a long kangara to the head, and to attach the species fukube, child dance, middle drum, and sword swing. It is also called "Kangarajishi" because of the impressive "Kanji-Kangara" attached to the head.
The Tono-type Shishi dances are of different origins: Komaki and Nagano. The Nagano Ayako Odori is a group of Tono-type Shishio dances with an Nagano tradition. In addition, as a master of many Shishi dance groups, it can be highly appreciated as one that has been handed down as a continuous cotton until today.