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The Festival of the Kasuga Wakamiya Shrine

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  23 January 2009

Tatsuro Ishii
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Tatsuro Ishii isProfessor of English, Keio University, Tokyo.

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Kasuga Wakamiya no On-matsuri (hereafter referred to as On-matsuri) is a giant annual festival which has taken place for almost 850 years. Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan between 710 and 794 A.D., abounds in ancient rituals and festivals even to the present day; On-matsuri is the largest of these, attracting both local people and visitors from throughout Japan. On-matsuri is known particularly for its wealth of ancient Japanese performing arts such as kagura, bugaku, sēnō, dengaku, sarugaku, and , as well as for the ritualistic events of Shintoism, the polytheistic religion indigenous to Japan.

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Copyright © International Federation for Theatre Research 1987

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References

1. Ono, Sokyo, Shinto: The Kami Way, Charles E. Tuttle Company, Tokyo, 1976.Google Scholar

2. Lombard, F. Alanson, An Outline History of the Japanese Drama, Haskell House, New York, 1966.Google Scholar

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