SPIRIT OF JAPAN
Breathing in new hopes for the future
Aired: September 15, 2017
“Kagura” refers to a Shinto theatrical dance rituals traditionally performed to give thanks to the gods and pray for a good harvest. The town of Kitahiroshima-cho, with a population of around 20,000, has over 60 Kagura performing groups. In pursuit of an enticing and memorable performance, the groups’ Kagura has evolved into a sophisticated and one of a kind theatrical art. The Kagura industry’s development contributes in keeping its residents from moving out of town and also attracting new migrants, tackling the issues of depopulation in Kitahiroshima-cho. The program follows the people behind “Super Kagura,” and their efforts in bringing vitality to the town.
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