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Nagasaki Kunchi

 

Nagasaki Kunchi is one of big-three festival in Japan,
held on October 7 to 9 at Suwa Shrine.

The festival features Chinese dance including Ja-odori 
(Snake dance), this time dancing all around the city but 
especially at Suwa Shrine.


 

History

 

After Christianity was harshly suppressed in Nagasaki in 
1624, a festival was dedicated to Suwa Shrine, the 
guardian god of local people.
It is believed that Suwa Shrine festival called “
Nagasaki Kunchi” and danced were offered to shrine 
with cooperated of local people in 1634.

At the outset, dedicated dance were very simple but 
gradually became colorful.
During Eiho Era (1673-80), a Chinese dance with an 
exotic flavor offered to the shrine.

The Ja-odori or snake dance was first performed in the 
Nagasaki Kunchi during period 1789-1800.

In 1970, the government designated the whole of 
Nagasaki Kunchi dance including Ja-odori as an 
Important Intangible Cultural Asset.

 

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