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Ema, one of the Noh plays, has its roots in Takejinja Shrine in what is now Saiku, Meiwa-cho, Mie Prefecture. A Noh performance dedicated to Saigu will be held in this historic place, which has a long history as the home of Saio, a princess who served Ise Grand Shrine. Please come and visit us.

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~A prayer dance for a bountiful harvest held at a place connected to Saiku and Takejinja Shrine~


At the end of the year (present-day Setsubun), he was sent to Ise Grand Shrine as an imperial envoy of the Emperor of Time, and visited the Saiku (present-day Saiku, Meiwa-cho, Taki-gun, Mie Prefecture). Then, on the night of Setsubun (New Year's Eve in the old days), an event was held at a shrine (present-day Take Shrine) to hang votive tablets, so the imperial envoy decided to watch it before returning to the capital. As I was waiting at the shrine for the event to take place, an old man and an old woman came to visit in the middle of the night. The old man had a votive tablet with a white horse on it, and the old woman had a votive tablet with a black horse on it. In fact, white ema meant sunny days, and black ema meant rain, and depending on which ema was hung at the shrine, one could tell whether the next year would be sunny or rainy, and one or the other ema was hung every year. The two argued about hanging their own ema, but in the end they decided to hang each other's ema next to each other. Then, I decided to pray for a year in which there would be half sunny days and half rainy days. The two then revealed to the imperial envoy who was watching the scene that they were gods, and said they would meet again at dawn, and then disappeared. At dawn, the god and goddess appeared, and then Amaterasu appeared. The three gods celebrate the prosperity of the country by recreating the scene of ``Ama no Iwatogakure'' while dancing. *Saikū (Saikū, Saiku, Itsukinomiya): Refers to a shrine where a female member of the imperial family (Saiō) who serves the god of Ise instead of the emperor lives.


Doors open from 17:00

18:00 - 18:15 Kyogen "Kakiyamabushi" (Kakiyamabushi)

Yamabushi Matasaburo Nomura

Farm owner Nomura Nomura

18:15-19:00 Half-noh "Ema"

Amaterasu Omikami Kanze Yoshimasa

Uba Tsunenari Okugawa

Terikio no Mikoto Nakadokoro Yoshio

Tencho Onna no Mikoto Hiroto Ishii

Imperial envoy Shohei Yano

Flute Manabu Takeichi

Small drum Reishiro Okura

Otsuzumi Toshiya Yamamoto

Taiko Keisuke Inoue Event Overview

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[Name] Saiku dedication firewood Noh

[Date and time] Saturday, November 4, 2023

Doors open: 17:00 Show starts: 18:00 Show ends: 19:00

(18:00-18:15 Kyogen "Kakiyamabushi" 18:15-19:00 Half-noh "Ema")

[Venue] Saiku Heian no Mori (2800 Saiku, Meiwa-cho, Taki-gun, Mie Prefecture)

[Contents] Ema, one of the Noh performances, has a connection to Takejinja Shrine in what is now Saiku, Meiwa-cho, Mie Prefecture. A Noh performance dedicated to the Saigu will be held at this historic place, which has a long history as the home of Saio, the princess who served Ise Grand Shrine.

[Fee] 5,000 yen

*You can watch Saiku's dedication firewood Noh performance. (Unreserved seat)

5,000 yen per ticket, up to 2 tickets per person

Payment must be made in cash on the day.

[Sponsor] Saiku Culture and Tourism Promotion Council

[Inquiries] Meiwa Tourism Trading Company

Click here to make a reservation (advance reservation required)

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The entrance to Oise-san, Meiwa-cho. Meiwa Town is a town where the Miyako ``Saikyu'', where the princess of the imperial family, ``Saio'', who served Amaterasu Omikami at Ise Grand Shrine in place of the Emperor, once lived, remains as a historical site.

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