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“Iki Kagura” is a 700 year old traditional Shinto performance, and a nationally designated important intangible folk cultural property. Different from the Kagura traditions in other regions, the individuals who dance and play the music in Iki’s Kagura must be part of the Shinto priesthood in order to perform; because of this exclusivity, it is considered to be a very sacred and valuable cultural asset. The songs do not have written records, and instead are passed down orally, and the dance is conducted in a mere space of two tatami mats. From autumn through winter, there are Kagura performances nearly every day in each of the island’s shrines.


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