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 「This English-language text was created by the Japan Tourism Agency.

  • 【Yasugibushi Performing Arts Center】

    Yasugibushi is a popular style of folk dance that emerged in the Yasugi area during the Meiji era (1868–1912). The dances were initially performed at home, at parties, during festivals, and at other celebrations, but Yasugibushi spread throughout the region, eventually becoming well-known nationwide. To celebrate its popularity, the Yasugibushi Performing Arts Center opened in 2006 in a tile-roofed wooden building, featuring a 200-seat traditional theater. The audience sits on comfortable low seats set on tiers of tatami-mat floors, or on wooden balconies on either side. A hanamichi runway that leads from the stage to the back of the house, like that in a kabuki theater, allows the performers to mingle with the audience. Performances are held four times daily, and the repertoire includes both solo and ensemble dances as well as musical performances. The finale is a slapstick mime called Dojo Sukui (Scooping up loaches), in which a hapless peasant has a hard time trying to catch loaches with a large wicker scoop. The loach motif is used humorously throughout the Performing Arts Center, and loach dishes are even served at the restaurant.