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Sagimai (Sacred Heron Dance)


Tsuwano's Sagimai Heron Dance, a tradition maintained for over 400 years


Originating in Kyoto, Tsuwano is the only location in Japan where the Heron Dance (a nationally designated intangible cultural asset) has been continuously held for over 400 years. Performed every year on July 20th and 27th. The heron head is 85cm in height and 3kg in weight. With the long fan-shaped 39 wings, the whole costume weighs 15kg in total.

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