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)

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.

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