“An Evening of Kagura” features the Geihoku Kagura performance with distinctively gorgeous costumes and large masks. This performance is one of the most popular types of kagura passed down in Hiroshima prefecture. English translations have been prepared and made available for this program, including interpretation services and projection of English translations for the lines spoken by performers. Taking photos during the performances is also allowed. When the entire program is over, participants can try on the costumes and other articles worn by the Kagura troupe, as well as take photos with them.
An Evening of Kagura
The Kagura you will see today is called “Geihoku Kagura” (Northern Hiroshima) and has been preserved and passed along in Hiroshima Prefecture through approximately 150 groups. Furthermore, numerous competitions have been held and at present, it is the type of Kagura drawing the most attention. Though the performers have to study and work, they attend practice two to three times a week and perform at festivals and events on the weekends.