“Kagura: Deities Descending”

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Kagura are dances dedicated to the gods, and each region in Japan has developed its own distinctive form. There are over 4,000 groups in Japan performing different forms of Kagura. Among them is one that has been preserved for over 500 years in a tiny village of just ten households. Called Take Kagura (“Mountain Peak Kagura”), it is dedicated to the god that descends from Mt. Hayachine in Iwate Prefecture. Take Kagura survives today because of the fervent support of the local people and there are very strict rules to ensure its survival. What is the attraction of Take Kagura for them? And what is the meaning for them of the existence of the gods that they see manifested in the dances. Take Kagura gives us a glimpse inside the hidden world of Kagura.

Presented by The Japan Foundation (JF) (https://www.jpf.go.jp/e/)

<Program Credits>
Performers: Take Kagura Preservation Association
Production Assistance: Hanamaki Cultural Heritage Center / Ohasama Kagura Day Executive Committee / Hayachine Hall, Hanamaki Ohasama Exchange Activity Center / Ohasama General Branch Office, City of Hanamaki
Additional Materials: Northeast Japan Cultural Asset Film Research Institute, Shimane Prefecture Foundation for Cultural Promotion, NHK 
Supervision: MORIJIRI Sumio
Video Image Production: NHK ENTERPRISES, INC.
Video Image Producer: HAMANO Takahiro, TAKAKI Eiji
Video Image Director: KODERA Katsuyuki
Video Edit: MIYAZAWA Hiroyuki

<Subtitling Credits>
English Translation: Akira Mark OSHIMA
Chinese Translation (Simplified): Hanqing ZUO
Chinese Translation (Traditional): Yunhsien LIANG
French Translation: NAKAJIMA Naoko
Indonesian Translation: Dewi ANGGRAENI
Russian Translation: Tatiana SOKOLOVA DELUSINA
Spanish Translation: Mauricio MARTINEZ (https://www.japonartesescenicas.org)

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End date of distribution: 17/2/2027