Kasuga Style Deer Dance


As Deer Dance gradually spreads, it evolves into various programs and styles. The Deer Dance in Hanamaki City, Iwate Prefecture belongs to Taiko-Odori system, and it became Haruhi style after performing at the festivals of Kasuga Taisha Shrine. They perform the behaviors of the deer vividly which present the beauty of wildness. Their costume includes a Kashira which is a deer horn decoration with black furs, a sasara which is a pair of long bamboo sticks, a kuyomon which is a robe and a maku which is a mask. They perform in the special costume presenting the mysterious context.

In 1972, Deer Dance of Ishitoriya Town was granted the honor of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Hanamaki City, and they are invited to tour performance all around.