-･- From My Everyday Life to Japanese Culture -･- Why don't you see the real Japan, not the typical foreigners' version.
For several years, Ogano Kodomo Kabuki (小鹿野子供歌舞伎, a children kabuki troupe in Ogano Town, Saitama Prefecture) performs at a shrine which our neighborhood association (町内会) belongs to.
The Prologue of the Play
Ogano Kabuki with a history of over 200 years is performed by local people! Now the town has several separate groups comprising men, women, high-school students and children.
I go to the shrine with children’s mikoshi (神輿: portable shrine) and float (山車) to receive a Shinto prayer on the first day of the festival every year. However, I’ve never watched the whole act because I always stay there only for ten minutes or so.
In addition to Kodomo Kabuki, Shinto music and dance numbers are performed at the shrine, but I cannot attend them because the schedules coincide with other festival events.
What a pity.