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Itozaki no Hotokemai

Itozaki no Hotokemai (Buddha Dance) is performed on April 18th every other year (odd-numbered years in the Western calendar) on a stone stage constructed in front of Kannon Hall at Itosaki Temple. The dance is performed to drums and bells by three dancers. One dancer, the Maihotoke, wears a black vestment and golden Buddha mask. Another dancer, the Nen-bosatsu, is a bodhisattva wearing a blue vestment and gold mask. The last dancer, Kadomamori, wears a white vestment and white mask.

According to history, this dance is said to have originated in the Tempyo-shoho Era (749–759) when a Chinese Zen Buddhist priest offered a statue of the Thousand-armed Kannon to the shrine, which resembled the picturesque scenery of Mt. Yuwang in his own country. Then, a multitude of Kannon gathered at the shrine and danced.

This serene dance brings to mind the graceful form of bodhisattva.

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    National designated important intangible folk cultural property
    (designated February 6, 2004)

  • Management body

    Itosaki Hotokemai Preservation Association

  • Location

    Itosaki-cho, Fukui City

  • Classification

    Folk custom

  • Date

    April 18th (once every 2 years; to be held next in 2017)

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