An Evening of Kagura Online presents Katsuragi-zan (Kuwata-tenshi Kagura Troupe)

An Evening of Kagura Online presents Katsuragi zan Kuwata tenshi Kagura Troupe

An Evening of Kagura Online presents Katsuragi-zan (Kuwata-tenshi Kagura Troupe)

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Recorded on March 13, 2021

Thank you for watching An Evening of Kagura Online!

An Evening of Kagura began in Hiroshima City in 2017 with the goal of introducing Hiroshima’s traditional performing art of kagura to international tourists visiting Hiroshima, and ran until the end of 2019.

Due to COVID-19, we’ve taken our in-person performances online so that you can all enjoy kagura from the safety and comfort of your homes.

With this online broadcast, we hope to continue the legacy of An Evening of Kagura and share the traditional culture of Hiroshima with the world in the hopes that they will come visit when the pandemic ends.

If you enjoyed this video and want to see kagura live, we very much hope that, post-COVID, you’ll come to Hiroshima to experience kagura, as well as our many great tourist attractions, incredible food, and local sake! On behalf of all of us at An Evening of Kagura, we very much look forward to welcoming you.

We hope you enjoy the Kuwata-tenshi Kagura Troupe’s performance of Katsuragi-zan!

About the Kagura Troupe:
With a long history of kagura performances dating back to the latter-half of the Edo period, the Kuwata-tenshi Kagura Troupe hails from Midori in Akitakata, located in to the northern part of Hiroshima Prefecture. In 1954, their ritual performance Kami-oroshi (Calling the Gods) was designated as an Intangible Folk Cultural Property by Hiroshima Prefecture. The troupe currently has 21 members who practice to keep the tradition alive, performing at local shrines and kagura events.

About Katsuragi-zan:
High on Mt. Katsuragi, overlooking the Kingdom of Yamato, lurks the spirit of a vengeful spider demon who seeks to cause havoc on earth, but especially seeks revenge on the guardian of the capital, Minamoto-no-Raikō.

When Raikō falls ill, the demon sees its chance: it attacks Kochō, the beautiful and faithful servant to Raikō, as she goes to fetch medicine for her lord. Disguised as Kochō, the demon brings Raikō poison, claiming it’s actually medicine.

Despite being poisoned, Raikō sees through the demon’s disguise and a battle ensues as he takes up his sword, a family heirloom called Hiza-maru, and manages to slice the demon as it flees to its home at Mt. Katsuragi.

Raikō renames his sword Kumo-Kiri Maru, the spider-slaying sword, as it saved his life.He then entrusts the sword to his retainers and orders them to find the demon and destroy it. The retainers head to Mt. Katsuragi where they face the fearsome demon in a terrible battle and manage to defeat it.

Other Information:
For more information about An Evening of Kagura, please see our official website:
http://www.hiroshima-kagura.com/

Check out a video about An Evening of Kagura here:
https://youtu.be/p8bydNJ_F7s

An Evening of Kaguraをご覧いただきありがとうございます。
この公演は外国人観光客の方に、広島が誇る伝統文化「神楽」をより深く知っていただくことを目的に、2017年から2019年までの3年間広島県広島市で開催されていました。
2020年も公演を予定しておりましたが、新型コロナウイルス感染症の影響により、今年度の全公演が中止になり、来年以降の再開目途もたっておりません。
外国人観光客向けということで、公演をすべて英語で行っていたため、3年間に来場されたお客様にはとてもお楽しみいただいており、十分に「ひろしま神楽」の魅力が伝わったことと自負しています。
今回この動画配信は、日本国外に住む皆さんに広島が誇る文化の魅力をお伝えし、将来、広島を訪れたいと思っていただけるよう実施するものです。
この動画をご覧いただき、「面白い!」「生で見てみたい!」と思われた方はぜひ、コロナが収まったのちは、広島にお越しになり、広島の観光名所の数々と美味しい食べ物とお酒、そして、ひろしま神楽を楽しんでください。
この動画に関わった全員が、皆さんと広島でお会いできることを楽しみにしています。

これからも、英語翻訳した神楽の動画を配信していきますので、チャンネル登録・グッドボタンをお願いします。

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