White Heron Dance (Shirasagi no Mai) in Asakusa


posted on April 12, 2016

This unique dance originated 1,000 years back.

The dance originated at Yasaka Shrine in Kyoto about 1,000 years ago, and it is a ritual to ward off epidemics and pray for good harvests. Dancers wear a costume, which made in a shape of a white heron, and do a beautiful ritual dance and parade around the temple. The parade is composed of three warriors, one pole carrier, one feeder, one parasol carrier, eight white herons, nineteen musicians, guardian children and others, dressed in the traditional attire of the Heian period (the late 8th to the late 12th century). Don't miss the opportunity to see this unique dance, which you can only find it in Asakusa.

5 mins walk from Tobu Skytree Line, Asakusa Station
5 mins walk from Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Asakusa Station
5 mins walk from Tsukuba Express, Asakusa Station
5 mins walk from Toei Subway Asakusa Line, Asakusa Station [exit A4]

Date Time Entry Address
Nov 3, 2017 10:00 am~12:30 pm Free 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
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