Yamashiro Shiraha Kagura 山代白羽神楽 Yamaguchi (Nov.)
Yamashiro Shiraha Kagura was begun in the Edo period by farmers who were troubled by famine and plague. It is performed at the Aki Matsuri Yodensai of Shiraha Shrine. It is sometimes harsh and sometimes humorous, and is performed until around dawn. Around 30 years ago, a children’s kagura group was formed, and Yamashiro Shiraha Kagura continues to be transmitted in small mountain settlements.
Shiraha Jinja, Kitanakayama, Miwa-machi, Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi
Approx. 50 min. by taxi from JR Iwakuni station.
Approx. 40 min. from Iwakuni interchange on the Sanyo Expressway. (Take National Route 2, prefectural Route 59, 111, then 135 heading in the Miwamachi direction)
Approx. 60 min. from Muikaichi interchange on the Chugoku Expressway. (Take National Route 187 and prefectural Route 2, then 135 heading in the Iwakuni direction)