Nagai Kuroshishi Matsuri ながい黒獅子まつり Yamagata (May)
In the Nagai Kuroshishi Matsuri, the lion dances, which have been passed down through the ages as traditional rituals in each area of the city, are performed in the same place. The lion bodies, of black cloth decorated with white wave patterns, are approximately nine meters in length and have around seventeen people inside. They are of this length because they are thought of as embodiments of dragons. According to legend, when a castle lord lost a battle, his daughter threw herself into a river and became the dragon god. It is said that the appearance of the dragon descending on the village became the lion dance.
Main street, and a dedicated area of Shirotsutsuji Park, Nagai City, Yamagata
Get off at Akayu station on the Yamagata Shinkansen line, then change to the Flower Nagai line and after approx. 35 min. get off at Nagai station. Approx. 10 min. walk.
Approx. 90 min. from the Fukushima-Iizaka interchange of the Tohoku Expressway along National Route 13, then National Route 113.