Tono Matsuri

Tono Matsuri

September 14-15
This autumn festival in Japan, observed in the hope that it will bring a good harvest, provides an excellent display of traditional Japanese arts. There is a Shishi Odori dance, performed to the accompaniment of taiko drums; TauÉ-odori, a rice-planting dance; kagura (sacred music and dance) performances; and YabusamÉ (horseback archery) demonstrations. There is also a children's parade, called Chigo-gyoretsu . A distinctive genre of festival music, known as Nambu-bayashi, is performed on the grounds of the Tonogo-hachimangu Shrine in Tono.
CONTACTS:
Japan National Tourist Organization
1 Rockefeller Pl., Ste. 1250
New York, NY 10020
212-757-5640; fax: 212-307-6754
www.japantravelinfo.com
SOURCES:
IllFestJapan-1993, p. 108
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