Osumi Peninsula

Nagoshidon (Passing of the Summer Festival)

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The divine dances of Hirata Shrine are performed on the beach in Kishira every year, typically in mid-August. Hirata Shrine is dedicated to the gods Ohyamatsumi-no-mikoto, Kanayamahiko-no-mikoto, and Sarutahiko-no-mikoto, all of which are enshrined in mirrors. Although these dances were once also offered on January 2, the day of a traditional local event called Tekotendon, they are now performed during the Nagoshidon (Passing of the Summer Festival) in August. Prior to World War II, these divine dances were a magnificent affair held throughout the night on the grounds of the shrine.
The Iwato-mai (Cave Dance) is dance that portrays the myth of the sun goddess Amaterasu-Omikami, who hid inside Ama-no-Iwato (the heavenly rock cave). It is said that spectators and dancers alike were overcome by sublime emotion when the night began to dawn during the enactment of the sun goddess being coaxed out of her cave.
The origin and history of the divine dances of Hirata Shrine are unknown. However, various items that remain, such as numerous masks and deer antlers, as well as a ridgepole plaque indicating it was written in the year 1407 (“Repairs to the sanctuary by Kanemoto, 11th Head of the Kimotsuki Clan”), suggest that these divine dances have been handed down through Hirata Shrine for centuries.

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