Kuromori Kabuki 黒森歌舞伎 Yamagata (Feb.)
Kuromori Kabuki has been performed for over 270 years in the Kuromori area of Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture. It is folk kabuki, and is performed during the lunar New Year matsuri at Hie Shrine on February 15th and 17th. The audience sits outdoors, and the plays performed as heavy snow falls are called “plays in the snow” or “plays in the cold”. It is the country’s leading folk kabuki event in terms of the number of items on the program and the scale of the event.
Outdoor stage in precincts of Kuromorihie Jinja, Sakata City, Yamagata
Go from JR Yamagata station about 3 hr. to JR Sakata station. An approx. 20 min. taxi ride from there.
Take a Shonai Kotsu Bus from JR Sakata station about 40 min. to Nanakubo and alight at Nakaguromori. 3 min. walk from there.
Approx. 4 min. from the Shonai Airport interchange off the Nihonkai Tohoku Expressway.
Approx. 9 min. by taxi from Shonai Airport.