Kotto no Sanbaso 忽戸の三番叟 Chiba (July)
A long time ago, Boshu (the old name for the area around Chiba Prefecture) suffered a drought, so the villagers of Kotto visited Kasuga Taisha in Nara, which is the head shrine of the local Araiso Uomine Shrine, to pray for rain. They were taught a sacred Noh performance called Sanbaso, and when they performed it for the local deity, the drought ended. Since that time, the locals of Kotto have revered Sanbaso as a dance of the gods, and perform it every year for the deity. The three chosen dancers purify themselves by abstaining from eating meat, and perform a splendid dance.
Araiso Uomine Jinja, Kotto, Chikura-cho, Minamiboso City, Chiba
From Chikura station, JR Uchibo line, take the bus to Kotto, then walk for approx. 5 min.
Take the Keiyo Road or Aqua-line to the Tateyama Expressway, take the Futtsu-Tateyama Road in the direction of Tateyama, from Tomiura interchange travel via Tateyama City, and take National Route 128 in the direction of Kamogawa and Chikura.