Shishi Odori at Kurihara City

A day when culture came alive

Jun 16
Venue: Sannoshiseki Park When: Tuesday - Jun 16th 2020 ,  10:00am - 2:00pm

With the backdrop of Kurihara City's Sanno Historic Park with its famous iris garden, wit living history through the Michinoku Shishi Odori (Deer Dance). Besides being a popular folk performing art in the Tohoku region, it is also a group dance competition.

A Shishi Odori group comprises of 8 dancers and a leader, all of whom hold drums at the waist. Each costume weighs a hefty 15-20 kg. The deer masks called "shishi-gashira" are said to represent a mythical creature which is the messenger of the gods. The performers also have 2 long "Sasara" sticks on their backs, and a cloth draped around their bodies.

Was this article helpful?

Suggest an edit

Radica Sooknarine

Radica Sooknarine @radica.sooknarine

I currently teach English in Sendai City. Whenever possible, I seek out adventures in this enchanting country.

Join the discussion

Radica Sooknarine Author 5 years ago
@Maraj Thank you for the encouraging comments!
Dale M 5 years ago
Amazing pictures of an interesting culture, thanks for sharing Radica.
maraj 5 years ago
Well structured, impressive, beautiful looking photos accompanied by its informative explanation. You are on the way.
Radica Sooknarine Author 5 years ago
@Hatake, thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Radica Sooknarine Author 5 years ago
@ Mei-Fei, thank you :)