Traditional Entertainment


Kagura is Shinto ritual dance and music dedicated to the gods, and it has been continuously passed down from generation to generation at small “shrines”. Akiota is known as important Kagura place in Hiroshima prefecture and realized the first Kagura competition festival more than 60 years ago and owns 16 Kagura teams.
Those Kagura teams are welcome you and ready to give you enjoyable and attractive time to experience powerful music, gorgeous costume and masks of Kagura.

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Wooden ladle

The Togochi turneries originate from the Miyajima turneries which Daisuke Fujiya established in the late Edo Period (1603 - 1868). The Miyajima ternaries are made from the technologies used by the temple and shrine carpenters who were invited from throughout Japan to build temples and shrines on Miyajima, a famous World Cultural Heritage site. The Togochi turnery was passed down by Unokichi Fukuda who moved to Togochi which had an abundance of forest resources and was a supplier of materials for turneries. When Fumio Yokohata, the president of the Yokohata Studio, started his career more than 60 years ago, there were 40 craftsmen, but nowadays only he and his son make Togochi turneries. The masterpiece work of the Yokohata Studio, the “Fujo Otama” wooden ladle, rises to the surface when it is put into soup. For this reason, it has been used as a lucky charm in the hope that people will “emerge and obtain happiness.” Please pick up and feel this absolute gem of a masterpiece created from the craftsmanship and ideas of the final successor of the “200-year-old Togochi turneries.”

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Blacksmith experience

Making spoons or paper knives etc. under the leadership who makes agricultural equipment such as hoe and sickle to pound hot iron using charcoal by old- fashioned way of making. The owner of blacksmith studio called Kanatoko came to town of Akiota from other area, he is also producing his own products while inheriting the predecessor of technology.

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