The following text is a slightly modified machine translation and may have some unnatural parts.


I found that the National Diet Library holds a collection of Kagura scripts from Hiroshima prefecture, so I browsed them. The following two books are in the possession of the Hiroshima Prefectural Library.

==Kagura Script Collection==

The table of contents of Junzo Sasaki's "Kagura Script Collection" is as follows.

    Shin-mai (New dance)
  • * Ame-no-Kagu-yama (Mt. Ame-no-kagu) (new work) 1945
  • * Jinmu (new work) Showa 1925
  • * Taika-no-Kaishin (Taika Reform) (new work) 1945
  • * Tenjin-ki (Record of Tenjin) (new work) 1945
  • * Akko Den (Legend of the Evil Fox) (Part 1) (New) 1945
  • * Akko Den (Part 2) (New) 1945
  • * Akko Den (Part 3) (New) 1945
  • * Suzuka-yama (Mt. Suzuka) (new work) 1945
  • * Takiyasha-hime (Princess Takiyasha) (revised) 1945
  • * Momiji-gari (new work) 1952
  • * Modori-Bashi (Return bridge) (new work) 1945
  • * Yamanba (new work) 1945
  • * Katsuragi-san (Mt. Katsuragi) (Tsuchigumo) (new work) 1945
  • * Yamato Takeru no Mikoto (Revised) 1945
  • * Shinpen Ibuki-yama (New edition Mt. Ibuki) (new work) 1955
  • * Dan-no-ura (new work) 1945
  • * Oeyama Sandan Gaeshi (Mt. Oe Three-stage return) (Revised) 1945
    Kyu-mai (Old dance)
  • * Do-no-kuchi
  • * Kami-Oroshi
  • * Kami-Mukae
  • * Tagusa
  • * Iwato
  • * Yawata
  • * Jinrin
  • * Yachimata
  • * Shoki
  • * Yamabushi
  • * Miura
  • * Tenjin
  • * Kifune
  • * Suzuko-yama (Mt. Suzuko)
  • * Jurasetsunyo
  • * Oe-yama (Mt. Oe)
  • * Shinno
  • * Orochi (big snake)

The text was plain, with no particularly difficult verses. It seems that it was revised according to the times.

The motivation for creating Shinmai (New dance) was largely influenced by the GHQ's ideological control after the war. For example, film production of historical drama (Jidai Geki) such as Chushingura with the theme of revenge is also restricted.

=="Kagura Script Collection" Synopsis==

(New dance section)

"Ame-no-Kaguyama (Mt. Ame-no-kagu)"

Amaterasu, who feared Susanoo's violence, shuts herself in Iwato Cave, and the world is closed to darkness. Eight million gods think about getting the goddess out of Iwato. Ame-no-Koyane tries to take up the Sakaki (a species of camellia with thick, dark-green leaves) of Mt. Ame-no-kagu, but Oyamatsumi looks at it. There, Koyane talks about the situation, and Yamatsumi, who consents, hands over Sakaki. Koyane handed over the treasure sword in exchange and said, "Use that sword to subdue the demons on all sides." Then, Daimajin (great genie) appears and challenges Yamatsumi to fight, but loses. Yamatsumi dances with joy.


Kamu-Yamato-Iwarehiko, who left the country of Hyuga to conquer Nagasune-hiko, who controls the country of Yamato, reached the upstream of Kumano. There, Kumano-no-Okina (an old man from Kumano) appears and worships the sword. In Uda village, there are an older brother, Eukashi, and a younger brother, Otokashi, who plot to welcome Iwarehiko to the hall. His older brother, Eukashi, suddenly stabbed Iwarehiko with a spear. Iwarehiko, who fends off the spear, fights against his brothers. His younger brother, Otokashi, surrendered, but his older brother, Eukashi, was defeated without obedience.

"Taika-no-Kaishin (Taika Reform)"

Soga-no-Iruka was doing evil rebellion, leaving the national affairs at his disposal. The prince Naka-no-Oe (Naka-no-Oe-no-Ouji) plots with Kamatari Nakatomi to strike Iruka.
On the day when a messenger with a tribute came from the country of Korea, Iruka was heading for Daigokuden (Main hall). The Kyogen master who appears there says, "I will keep the sword of the Minister Iruka," and the Iruka accepts it.
On the other hand, Princess Hataya prays to Kasuga Myojin for the luck of the prince, and supplies the prince and Kamatari with sacred sake.
A ritual was held at Daigokuden. The prince and Kamatari stepped into the spot and defeated Iruka.

"Tenjin-Ki (Record of Tenjin)"

Sugawara no Michizane was relegated to Dazaifu because the Left Minister, Fujiwara no Tokihira, slandered him. However, Michizane did not resent the heavens, did not resent people, and wished for the emperor's security. Michizane calls his son Kan Shusai and his daughter Koubai-hime (Princess Kobai).
Shusai blows a flute to comfort Michizane's heart. Michizane tells him that he has no life expectancy.
Michizane, who was lying on the bed of illness, was visited by Chikuan, the secretary of medicine. However, it was too late, and Michizane died and left as a Raijin (thunder god).
Shusai and Kobai-hime went to Kyoto and visited Hie Taisha Shrine. Then, Manai, the chief priest of Hie Shrine, welcomed him and told him that prayer was useless for seven days because Michizane became a thunder god and destroyed the Fujiwara clan.
Fujiwara no Tokihira, Tadahira, and Masahira have appeared and enjoyed their heyday. Shusai and Kobai-hime appeared there and challenged the game with waka poems. When Tokihira learned that he couldn't compete, he slashed at Shusai. However, Raijin (thunder god) appeared there and defeated the left minister brothers. Shusai and Kobai-hime built Kitano Tenmangu shrine, and Kobai-hime served the shrine.

"Akko Den (Legend of the Evil Fox)" Part 1

Sakabe-no-Shoji-Kurando-Yukitsuna, a samurai on the north side, prayed to Kiyomizu Kannon because he had no children. Eventually a beautiful girl like a jewel was born. It was rumored that she was talented and good-looking, and she eventually served the palace. His daughter showed a talent for waka poetry, and she became known as Tamamo-no-Mae.
The party was held at Seiryoden Hall, so Kuriyabe-no-Shonai tried to use his cooking skills. Tamamo-no-Mae was hidden behind a cherry tree. Then an evil fox appeared. It is a golden-haired white-faced nine-tailed fox that destroyed Tenjiku (India) and Tang. Following the return of Minister Kibi, the nine-tailed fox landed in Japan and became the favor of Toba-In (the retired emperor Toba). The evil fox tries to make Japan a demon country. Shonai countered with a knife, but he was eaten. The lady-in-waiting Sakura-no-Mae threw an iron fan and the evil fox ran away.
Abe-no-Seimei-Harima-no-Kami-Yasuchika diveined that Tamamo-no-Mae must be a monster.
Seimei tried to reveal her true identity by asking Tamamo-no-Mae, but he was argued.
The shrine maiden of Kamo Myojin declared that Tamamo-no-Mae was a nine-tailed fox. Tamamo-no-Mae, whose identity was discovered, became an evil fox and fled to Nasu-no-hara, Shimotsuke Province.

"Akko Den (Legend of the Evil Fox)" Part 2

The nine-tailed fox, whose identity was discovered by Seimei Abe, turned into Tamamo-no-Mae. And she escaped to Nasu-no-hara, Shimotsuke Province. Tamamo-no-Mae, who was trying to find an overnight inn, was greeted by a Buddhist priest Chinzei Osho at Junen-ji Temple. Chinzei kindly welcomed Tamamo-no-Mae, but while he was rubbing miso (Soybean paste), Tamamo-no-Mae revealed herself and ate Chinzei.
Then, Miura-no-suke and Kazusa-no-suke who served Emperor Go-Shirakawa appeared. The two saw through the true identity of Tamamo-no-Mae. Tamamo-no-Mae, which turned into a nine-tailed fox, was defeated by Miura-no-suke and Kazusa-no-suke.

"Akko Den (Legend of the Evil Fox)" Part 3

The nine-tailed fox was defeated by Miura-no-suke and Kazusa-no-suke in Nasu-no-hara, Shimotsuke Province, but its soul remained and became a Sessho-seki (stone that kills creatures).
Hikyaku Tobisuke passed in front of the Sessho-seki Stone, but when he tried to eat a bento, an evil fox jumped out of the Sessho-seki Stone. The evil fox has eaten Tobisuke.
Genno Osho, the Buddhist priest of Senkei-ji Temple in Shimotsuke Province, tried to seal the evil spirits with the merit of the Lotus Sutra. Tamamo-no-Mae appeared there and told him that she was possessed by the evil spirit of the fox, but Genno found out the lie of Tamamo-no-Mae. Genno crushed the Sessho-seki Stone with a mallet and sealed the evil spirit of the evil fox with the merit of the Lotus Sutra.

"Suzuka-yama (Mt. Suzuka)"

Saka-no-ue Tamura Maro, a guardian general who serves Emperor Kanmu, was heading to Mt. Suzuka to get rid of the Oni demons of Mt. Suzuka in Settsu Province.
Okina (old man) Wada and Princess Ayame appeared. Since the Oni demon of Mt. Suzuka is aiming for Princess Ayame, Okina Wada tried to release the princess to Yamazumi Gongen. Yasha-maru, a Oni demon's minion, appears there, killing Okina Wada and robbing Princess Ayame.
Tamura Maro appeared there. Yasha-maru, who was overthrown by Tamura Maro, was converted and became a vassal of Tamura Maro.
Yasha-maru, who devised a strategy with Tamura Maro, took Princess Ayame to Inugami-maru, the chief of the Oni demon. A banquet was held. Yasha-maru cut into the drunk Inugami-maru. Tamura Maro has appeared. Inugami-maru fought as a great Oni demon, but was defeated by Tamura Maro.

"Takiyasha-hime (Princess Takiyasha)"

Taira no Masakado was defeated by Hidesato Fujiwara and Taira no Sadamori in the Tengyo no Ran (War). Her daughter, Satsuki-hime, prayed to Kifune Shrine for seven days and seven nights to relieve her father's resentment. She then made her wish, and she received a witchcraft from the violent soul of Kifune Shrine. She called her princess Takiyasha.
Oyake chujo Mitsukuni headed to Shimotsuke Province to conquer Princess Takiyasha.
On the other hand, Princess Takiyasha's minions, Itachi-bei and Nezumi-bei, are gatekeepers, but they get drunk and fall asleep. The two were awakened by Mitsukuni who came, but when they saw that they were not very competitive, they ran away.
Princess Takiyasha appeared. Princess Takiyasha fights against Mitsukuni by making full use of witchcraft, but the white fox who is the messenger of Fushimi Inari appears and defeats her witchcraft. Princess Takiyasha was defeated.


Koremochi Taira, who set out on a trip to appreciate the autumn leaves, met Kinomata Gonbei when he got lost on Mt. Togakushi. Gonbei misunderstood Koremochi as an old raccoon dog living in Mt. Togakushi. However, when Koremochi told him that he had lost his way, Gonbei said, "A demoness has settled in Mt. Togakushi, and no one has been defeated yet." So, Koremochi decided to defeat the demoness of Mt. Togakushi.
When the Shira-gumo (white spider) and the Aka-gumo (red spider) of the demoness were pleased to see them, they advised the demoness queen, "This is a good side dish of sake." The demoness queen became a female and set up a banquet table.
Koremochi and Gonbei, who came across a banquet table, decided to take a rest. Koremochi and Gonbei, who were recommended to drink, fell asleep drunk. The Queen was pleased to see it. Gonbei noticed and tried to escape, but he was eaten by a demoness.
Hachiman Daibosatsu appeared there, gave a sword to Koremochi, and told him that the demon should be defeated and left. Koremochi, who noticed, defeated the demoness of Mt. Togakushi with his sword.

"Modori-Bashi (Return bridge)"

Watanabe no Tsuna, one of the big four who serve Minamoto no Yorimitsu Settsu-no-Kami, was ordered to "defeat the monsters because a monster appears at night around the Rasho-mon (gate) Modori-Bashi (return bridge) in the city these days and bothers the common people."
On the other hand, at the Modori-Bashi (return bridge), Hotoke-no-Zenbei, who sells umbrellas, kindly tried to sell an umbrella to an old woman, but the old woman was transformed by Ibaraki-doji. Tsuna rushed to Zenbei, who was in a crisis.
Ibaraki-doji called Shuten-doji, the head of a Oni demon, with the magic of flying in the sky. Shuten-doji defeated Tsuna with magic. When Tsuna was in a crisis, Kintoki Sakata, one of the big four, appeared and helped. Shuten-doji, who thought he was not competitive, escaped to Mt. Oe with the magic of flying. Watanabe no Tsuna had cut off the left arm of Ibaraki-doji. The two returned to Minamoto no Yorimitsu to raise an army to conquer Mt. Oe.


Minamoto no Yorimitsu continued his journey to conquer the thieves of the eastern country with Watanabe no Tsuna. As he approached Akeyama (Mt. Ake) in Shinano Province, the sun went down and he asked for an overnight inn.
The inn's inhabitants were a female Yamanba (mountain old woman) and her sun, Kaido-maru. The two waited for Yorimitsu and other to come closer.
When Yorimitsu asked for an overnight inn, Kaido-maru suddenly said, "We are the wife and child of Tokiyuki Sakata, a samurai on the north side." Yorimitsu and Tsuna prevented the attack and defeated Kaido-maru. Yamanba who saw such a situation surrendered, and she hoped for the help of Kaido-maru at least because he was originally a person with a certain identity. Yorimitsu also saved Yamanba and added Kaido-maru to his servants. Thus, Kintoki Sakata was born.

"Katsuragi-san (Mt. Katsuragi) (Tsuchigumo)"

Minamoto no Yorimitsu got a serious illness and was lying down. There, Kocho, whose spirit of Tsuchi-gumo (Earth spider) changed, tried to take this opportunity to eat Yorimitsu. Kocho pretended to be a medicine and gave Yorimitsu a poisonous medicine. Kocho attacked Yorimitsu, who began to suffer, revealing the true identity of Tsuchi-gumo. However, Yorimitsu pulled out the sword of Hiza-maru and slashed at Tsuchi-gumo. The seriously injured Tsuchi-gumo escaped to Mt. Katsuragi. Yorimitsu changed the name of Hiza-maru to Kumo-Kiri-maru.
Yorimitsu ordered his subordinate Urabe no Suetake and Kintoki Sakata to exterminate the Tsuchi-gumo of Mt. Katsuragi. Suetake and Kintoki are the two of the big four. The two attacked the old burial mound of Mt. Katsuragi, where Tsuchi-gumo was hiding, and defeated Tsuchi-gumo.

"Yamato Takeru no Mikoto"

Ousu, the reign of Emperor Keiko, the 12th emperor, was ordered to defeat Kawakami Takeru, the head of the Kumaso in Tsukushi Province.
Kawakami Takeru, along with his minions, Iso-takeru, did not obey emperor's decree, did not give tribute, and behaved as he wanted.
On that day, a feast was held to celebrate the new construction of the mansion. Ousu dressed as a woman and sneaked into the feast.
Kawakami Takeru accepts a woman who asked for an overnight inn. The feast has begun. Kawakami Takeru and Iso-takeru fell asleep after being drunk. Ousu, who was dressed as a woman, slashes with a sword. The battle has begun. Iso-takeru was defeated. Kawakami Takeru also collapsed, but he had some time to spare and said, "Ousu is the hero of the world, so he should call himself Yamato Takeru." Ousu stabbed the end.

"Shinpen Ibuki-yama (New edition Mt. Ibuki)"

Oto-maru, who serves Emperor Keiko, the 12th emperor, waited for Yamato Takeru, who had completed the conquest of eastern Japan. The purpose was to declare the decree that "the demon god barricaded himself on Mt. Ibuki, Omi Province, so you should get rid of it."
A ship heading to the eastern country encountered a sea disaster at Hashirimizu, Sagami Province, and his wife Oto-tachibana-hime (Princess Oto-tachibana), entered the water as a sacrifice of the sea god. Yamato Takeru was sad about this.
On the way back from eastern Japan, Yamato Takeru met Oto-maru. Oto-maru told him that he should defeat the demon god of Mt. Ibuki (also known as the Great Snake).
Yamato Takeru, who entered Mt. Ibuki, fought against the demon god. The demon became a big snake. Oto-tachibana-hime, saved Yamato Takeru, who was caught up in a big snake and had a close call. It was Yamato Takeru who got rid of the big snake, but he was hit by the poison of the big snake and had no life expectancy. The soul of Yamato Takeru was led by the soul of Oto-tachibana-hime, and ascended to the swan's palace.


Minamoto no Kuro Hangan Yoshitsune, the descendant of Emperor Seiwa and the youngest son of Minamoto no Yoshitomo, defeated the Taira clan in Ichi-no-Tani and Yashima and chased them down to Dan-no-ura. On the other hand, Taira no Tomomori and Noto-no-Kami Noritsune tried to fight Yoshitsune one-on-one in Dan-no-ura. Both Tomomori and Noritsune were defeated. Tomomori's soul stayed in this world and became a demon spirit.
Meanwhile, Yoshitsune infuriated his older brother Yoritomo. Yoshitsune was chased and approached Daimotsu-ura (Daimotsu-bay), in Settsu Province.
When Tsuri-taro appeared and was fishing in the Daimotsu-ura, he hurried home because the sky was suddenly covered with black clouds.
Tomomori's demon spirit (Reiki) has appeared. The demon spirit brought disaster to Yoshitsune. However, Musashi-bo Benkei gained the merit of the Lotus Sutra, and Shizuka Gozen asked for the protection of Iwashimizu Hachiman and joined Yoshitsune. Yoshitsune had a fierce battle with the demon spirit, and the demon spirit left.
Yoshitsune broke up with Shizuka Gozen and left for Yoshino with Benkei.

"Oeyama Sandan Gaeshi (Mt. Oe Three-stage return)"

[First stage]
Watanabe no Tsuna, one of the big four who serve Minamoto no Yorimitsu, came to Rasho-mon (gate). Recently, night after night, monster has appeared at Rasho-mon and is bothering the common people, so Tsuna came to get rid of it. Tsuna, who confronted Ibaraki-doji, cuts off Doji's left arm.
Shuten-doji appears, disguised as Tsuna's nanny, and regains Ibaraki-doji's left arm.

[Second stage]
Shimobe (servant) Kitouda was serving the Tachibana Chunagon Tadaie. Kitouda was visiting Kiyomizu Kannon following the daughter of Tadaie, Momiji-hime (Princess Momiji). Ibaraki Doji appeared there and kidnapped the princess. Kitouda, who had fainted, reported to the Tadaie about the matter.

[Third stage]
Minamoto no Yorimitsu was the legitimate son of Minamoto no Mitsunaka. And Mitsunaka was the grandson of the sixth generation of the 16th Emperor Seiwa. Yorimitsu took his subordinate Watanabe no Tsuna and Kintoki Sakata to Mt. Oe, Tanba Province. Yorimitsu and his subordinates disguised themselves as Yamabushi trainees and visited Iwashimizu Hachiman shrine.
The spirit of Iwashimizu appeared and gave Yorimitsu Shinpen-Kidoku-no-sake (the sake that turns into a god and is poisonous to Oni demons). This liquor gained the power of a thousand people when the good man drank it, and immediately lost its magical power when the bad man drank it.
The captive Momiji-hime was doing the laundry in the stream of the valley. Yorimitsu and others appeared there. Momiji-hime guided Yorimitsu and others to the Oni demon's rock cave.
"Yamabushi wants an overnight inn," said Momijihime, who took Yorimitsu and others in front of Shuten-doji. Shuten-doji was suspicious that Yorimitsu and his subordinates were wearing swords, but he drank the sake. Ibaraki-doji and Karakuma-doji also drank this. Yorimitsu, who saw that they had drunk, gave himself a name and fought with the Doji who knew they had been deceived. Ibaraki-doji was defeated by Watanabe no Tsuna, and Karakuma-doji was defeated by Kintoki Sakata. Shuten-doji went around against Yorimitsu, Tsuna, and Kintoki, but was defeated.

(Classical section)


In the Iwami region, it is called Jingi Daiko (god's drums). It is a song mainly with drums and singing. It is played in the beginning of the dedication Kagura, and many major parts of Kagura Music are incorporated. The format of singing is three, and in the previous stage, the three god songs are incorporated, and five god songs are incorporated in the middle stage, and the seven god songs are incorporated later. The first stage is a loose tempo, the middle stage is a medium tempo, and the latter stage is a fast tempo.


It is called Shio-harai in the Iwami region. Depending on the region, it is called Shihou-harai. This song purify every direction of the stage. And it is the meaning of hope for the advent of the gods. Therefore, it is danced as the second track following Do-no-kuchi. The dance is divided into the first dance and the second dance, and the first dance is purified and the second dance is the dance of god playing.


It is a Kagura that places dancers in the east, south, west, and north based on the yin yang five element theory. It is a song that hopes for the Advent of eight million gods in Kagura Hall. And it is the purpose to make the Kagura Hall as a god playing garden. Dance's composition is two forms of dance to summon god and dance of god playing dance. East: Kukunochi, South: Kagutsuchi, West: Kanayamahiko, North: Mizuhanome.


This song is also called Sakaki-mai or Shiba-mai. It is a ceremonial song that offers the Sakaki in God. The ceremonial songs are generally a majestic and loose dancing, but this song is supposed to dance fast. Generally, the busy condition is said to be busy as it dances in Tagusa. The composition of the dance is a first song that offers Sakaki and a second song to play god.


Amaterasu who feared the violence of Susanoo was pulled out to Iwato (Rock Cave), and the world was closed to darkness. Koyane and futodama appeared to call back Amaterasu and consulted. Koyane and futodama decorated three treasures of gods. Chicken that rang on a long night (Naganaki-dori) was collected. And Koyane and Futodama called Ame-no-uzume. Uzume played Kagura and tried to comfort the Amateras' heart. Uzume called Tajikarao. When the dance of Uzume ended, Tajikarao danced to open Iwato and opened Iwato. Amaterasu revived. Uzume dances joyfully.


The gatekeeper (Kadomori) who serves Hondawake (Emperor Ojin) appears. The gatekeeper said, "The Demon King (Take-Jizai-Ten: Para-nirmita-vaśa-vartin) flew, and a thousand people were hit by the day and night. Therefore, Hondawake will defeat The Demon King." Hondawawake has appeared, "Let's equip the bow of Kuwa and the arrow of four sides, and think that I will prevent with it. The Demon King has appeared. The Demon King asked Hondawawake "How are you?" Hondawake was responded. The Demon King said, "I am a general of 84 thousands of demons. More than ever to here, I would not like to go home without taking the life of the emperor." Hondawawake responded to "Let's kill the Demon King with the bow of Kuwa and the arrow of four sides." It became a match. The Demon King has been defeated. Hondawake is delighted and danced. The gatekeeper is also happy to be "This is peaceful." and go home.


Emperor Chuai (Tarashi-Nakatsu-hiko) appeared and called himself "I am the fourteenth emperor." The emperor said, "Jinrin has led tens of thousands of troops to attack from foreign countries." The emperor said, "Jinrin has wings, flies in the sky, spits black clouds, and is a paranormal enemy." The emperor said, "So no one in my army is comparable to this, so I will try to get rid of Jinrin with the bow and arrow of the supernatural." Emperor Chuai called Takamaro. Takamaro said, "If Jinrin is left unattended, the people will mourn. Also, the well-being of the country is uncertain." And he presented the bow and arrow to Emperor Chuai. Jinrin has arrived. Jinrin asked Emperor Chuai, "What kind of god are you?" Emperor Chuai responded and asked, "What kind of demon king are you?" Jinrin introduced himself as a general who conquered Japan. Jinrin said, "If you value your life, give me this country as soon as possible, and leave." And Jinrin said, "If you don't follow my instructions, I'll kill all the government forces." Emperor Chuai replied that Jinrin was stupid and fought with the bow and arrow of the supernatural. The battle has begun. Jinrin was defeated. Emperor Chuai is happy to dance.


Ame-no-Uzume has appeared. Uzume said, "When Ninigi, the grandson of Amaterasu, descends, there is a suspicious god at the branch in the heavens (Yachimata), the nose is seven ata, the height is seven saka, and the eyes shines like the Yata-no-Kagami (mirror). I'm going to ask him what it's like at the command of Ninigi." The mysterious god was Saruta-hiko. Saruta-hiko asked who Uzume was. She replied that Uzume had someone blocking heavenly branch and she came out to ask who he was. Saruta-hiko said he would give directions to Ninigi. Saruta-hiko replied that he would lead the heavenly grandson to Mt. Takachiho in Tsukushi Hyuga Province. Uzume said it was a good idea. There, she dedicated the wide halberd given by Ninigi to Saruta-hiko and replied, "You should get rid of the obstacles to your path." The joyful dance of both was performed. Saruta-hiko stated that he would use a wide halberd to ward off various evil gods. It ends with the dance of exorcism.


Susanoo has appeared. Susanoo travels to the Tang dynasty and states that he has defeated Kyokou as Minister of Shoki (Zhong Kui). However, that grudge flies to Japan and bothers the people. So he said he would ask what he was. The sickness demon has appeared. The sickness demon asked what kind of god Susanoo was. Susanoo described himself as the younger brother of the Sun Goddess. The sickness demon states that he is the epidemic of all the illnesses of the spring epidemic (Ekirei), the summer malaria illness (Gyakurei), the autumn dysentery (chibara), and the winter cough illness (Gaibyou). Susanoo responds to the sickness demon by saying, "Reject to a foreign country, or kill your life." The sickness demon asks if Japan should not be a demon country. The battle has begun. The sickness demon is exterminated. Susanoo plays a dance of joy.


Yukei and Goriki have appeared. He calls himself Nachi's Tokobo Ajari Yukei. "I'm aiming for Mt. Omine and Mt. Katsuragi, so I'm going to see Nasuno-ga-hara (field), the country of Shimotsuke, at a glance," said Yukei. It was night, so he ordered Shiba-no-to (a house surrounded by mountains) to take an overnight inn. Goriki applied for an overnight inn at Shiba-no-to. Shiba-no-to is reluctant. "If you want to rent an inn, climb the ridge of the mountain in the back door and cut the 75-load tree with a pestle. Then go to the river off the coast and pump up the 75-load water with a bamboo colander. Then, if you smoke from the seven or five windows, I'll lend you an inn. " Since it is an unreasonable task, the Goriki and other decide to stay in the field. A female maiden appears while Goriki is dozing. She asks Yukei, "I hear that a woman can't be a Buddhahood, but is it true?" Yukei replied, "You can't be a Buddhahood because you have menstrual filth, but you can be a Buddhahood even if you're a woman. Let's make you a Buddhahood." He raised Goriki and tried to guide the villagers. The villager said, "There is a nine-tailed fox in Nasu-no-ga-hara. The nine-tailed fox became the queen of the Hanzoku king in Tenjiku (India) and destroyed the country. In Tang, she became the queen of the King Chuo of Shang dynasty and destroyed the country. And the fox has now come to Japan. The fox entered the palace and became Tamamo-no-mae. But since it was the reign of the gods, the identity was revealed. The fox is now hiding in the field," said the villager. "Recently, the imperial court is going to send a master of bows, Miura-no-suke and Kazusa-no-suke, to do a large-scale hunt, Yukei and his subordinates should read the Lotus Sutra and pray and calm down," said the villager. A fox has appeared. The battle has begun. Goriki is eaten away and Yukei escapes.


Miura-no-suke and Kazusa-no-suke have appeared. they call themselves Miura-no-suke and Kazusa-no-suke who serve the 77th Emperor Go-Shirakawa. They said, "We have been ordered to get rid of the nine-tailed fox that is hiding in Nasuno-ga-hara. So we are in a hurry to Nasuno-ga-hara." Nine-tailed fox has appeared. The nine-tailed fox said, "Although I entered the palace as Tamamo-no-mae, it was really scary of the gods." Miura-no-suke and Kazusa-no-suke said, "Since the emperor heard that the nine-tailed fox bothered the people, We were ordered to get rid of it." And they said, "You don't want to save your life." The nine-tailed fox said, "If you make me the guardian deity of the world, help me. If you are willing to defeat me, I will resist as much as I can." The battle began and the nine-tailed fox was defeated. Miura-no-suke and Kazusa-no-suke perform a dance of joy.


Sugawara no Michizane has appeared. He claimed to be Sugawara no Michizane, who was called Prime Minister Sugawara in the city. He said, "I was slandered by Tokihira Fujiwara and was relegated to Dazaifu in Tsukushi Province without any sin. Whose reason is it? It is the work of Tomo-no-Dainagon." A servant appeared and he asked what was going on. Michizane said, "I will go to Kyoto and report to the imperial court, so accompany me." Michizane went up to the capital, but he asks if he should stop here. The servant said, "Short temper is a loss of life. We should promptly enter the city and destroy the Tokihira clan and make the emperor's will peaceful." Michizane regained his mind and entered the city. He encountered Tomo-no-Dainagon. Tomo-no-Dainagon and Michizane read Japanese poems and competed. The battle has begun. Tomo-no-Dainagon was overthrown. Michizane plays a dance of joy.


A low-ranking woman has appeared. She hates the cheating man. She states that she is a prudent regret. She said she arrived at Kifune Shrine and she was the wife of a lowly person who lived in the Shimogyo area. "This time, I was divorced by my husband for no reason, and I will visit Kifune Myojin for 21 days and pray. I dreamed for three days in a row." "If you try to take revenge on your husband, at midnight every night, without making a mistake, wear a red kimono, put three trivets on your head, light the feet of the trivets, and cross the riverside of Uji. So, you're going to be a trivets demoness." The woman said that she had a dream announcement as above. Her husband has appeared. "When I divorced my wife this time, I have a bad dream every night, so I want Seimei Abe to change my dream," he said. Seimei Abe has appeared. He asked her husband about the situation. Seimei told her husband, "The living spirit is doing disaster. I hear that there is a woman who visits Kifune Shrine every night around this time. This must be a divorced wife. Make a doll made by Kaya (cogon) to the size of a person, stand it on a five-shaku shelf, draw Shimenawa-ropes on all sides, and serve Mitegura (staff with plaited paper streamers). At that time, a woman appears. The woman will think of the Kaya doll as her true husband and will try to take your life, It will rain and thunder will shake the heavens and the earth, and the woman will grab the Kaya doll and ascend to the heavens." said Seimei. Her husband was happy to go home. A demoness has appeared. The demoness danced fiercely and struck a Kaya doll with a demon stick. She eventually left with Kaya doll in her arms. Seimei and his husband appeared. The husband thanked him, "My wife ascended to heaven as you said." Seimei says, "This will make both husband and woman feel at ease." Seimei plays a dance of joy.

"Suzuko-yama (Mt. Suzuko)"

Shogun Tamura Korenari (Tamura-maro) Sakanoue was ordered to exterminate the Oni demons who barricaded on Mt. Suzuko in the country of Settsu.
Korenari, who entered Mt. Suzuko, met a villager and was told that there was a child named Oni-maru in the house of the Tyoja (a wealthy person) named Nagaya. When Oni-maru went to the Terakoya (temple school), he was hated and wrote the word Oni on his forehead. Oni-maru said "Because I am a Oni demon", so he turned into a Oni demon to eat many people.
Korenari who entered the Oni demon's Iwaya (Cave) confronts the Oni demon. The blind Oni demon fought with the ends of the obi. The demon was defeated. Korenari plays a dance of joy.


Susanoo's youngest daughter, Jurasetsunyo, used a Kine pounder to consolidate an island floating in the sea during the time of Emperor Annei, and built a shrine there (Kitayama) to live. However, as an evil god attacked from the sea, she tried to prevent it by aligning the arrow of the Shinjo with the bow of Hoben. She said she was a woman and wouldn't be able to compete without help.
It was Hikohara who attacked. Hikohara asked what kind of god Jurasestunyo was. She claimed that Jurasetsunyo was the youngest princess of Susanoo. Hikohara called himself the lord of Sky Heaven, Moon Hell, and the Oboro Valley. The Jurasetsunyo called herself that "1 Ranma, 2 Hiranma, 3 Kokushiki, 4 Gesa, 5 Kodai, 6 Monjoku, 7 Jouraku, 8 Jomyoraku, 9 Monraku, 10 Tadasakanaki, so, Kitayama Jurasetsunyo." The Jurasetsunyo defeated Hikohara.

"Oe-yama (Mt. Oe)"

A god called Sanzegataku, the god of the Ise Grand Shrine, was waiting for Minamoto no Yorimitsu to appear. Yorimitsu was ordered to get rid of Oni demon because many demons live in Mt. Oe in Tanba Province and bother the people. He took a rest for a while until the big four came out.
Watanabe no Tsuna and Sakata no Kintoki have appeared. Sanzegataku appeared and gave them armor, a helmet, a sword, and Choshi (a sake bottle). When Choshi pours from the left mouth, the power over there decreases by a thousand, and when pouring from the right mouth, the power here increases by a thousand.
Kuriki-no-Matajiro appeared and guided Yorimitsu and his subordinates to Mt. Oe.
Momiji-hime, who became a prisoner from the city, met Yorimitsu and his subordinates while washing and guided them to the Oni demon's Iwaya (Cave).
Yorimitsu and his subordinates, who were guided as a side dish of sake, called themselves Yamabushi trainees and drunk Shuten-doji.
Shuten-doji said, "I was born in Echigo Province, and I stayed in Yamadera (temple of mountain), but I was hated because of my talent and wroted the word Oni on my forehead. I became a Oni demon because of that regret. I climbed Mt. Koya and tried to make it a residence, but was kicked out by Kobo Daishi. There, I climbed Mt. Hiei in Kyoto and tried to make it a residence, but was kicked out by Denkyo Daishi. However, because Watanabe Tsuna cut off the left arm of Ibaraki-doji, I regained his left arm in the form of Tsuna's nanny. After that, I jumped to Mt. Oe and became a residence."
Yorimitsu and the big four who revealed their true identity confront the Doji. They were Doji who knew they were deceived. Ibaraki-doji was defeated by Watanabe no Tsuna, and Karakuma-doji was defeated by Sakata no Kintoki. Shuten-doji, who fought against Yorimitsu and the big four, was finally defeated.


Sukunahikona appeared and gave his name. In a foreign country, he used to call himself the Emperor Shinno, licking various trees and grasses, knowing a medicine, and protecting all people from illness. This time, a villainess flew away from space as a sickness demon and bothered the people. So Sukunahikona tried to ask what the sickness demon was.
A demon has appeared. Sukunahikona told the demon that she would either leave the country or otherwise be defeated with ten kinds of sacred treasures.
The battle has begun. Sukunahikona wins and plays a dance of joy.

"Orochi (big snake)"

Susanoo has appeared. Although he is the younger brother of the sun goddess, he was exiled to a foreign country by eight million gods for committing heavenly sins and national sins in Takamagahara. Therefore, when he traveled from Silla to Izumo and set foot on the banks of the Hii River, a chopstick flowed from the river. He said he would ask for this because it is a sign that people live. Ashinazuchi, Tenazuchi, and Kushinada-hime (Princess Kushinada) have appeared. They were mourning. Susanoo asked why they were mourning. Ashinazuchi had eight princesses, but Yamaya-no-Orochi (A large snake with eight heads) took one princess every year, and now there is only a Kushinada-hime. It's about the time when the big snake comes out this year, so the life of the princess is insignificant. he said please help. Susanoo demanded that Kushinada-hime be dedicated to him. He said that he should stretch the Shimenawa rope in seven layers, wrap around the fence in eight layers, and worship as Yaegaki Myojin. And Ashinazuchi and Tenazuchi should make Yashiori's poisonous sake, and if they put it in eight sake tanks (Sakabune), Yamata-no-Orochi likes sake, so he gets drunk and falls asleep. Susanoo said he would take the opportunity to tear the Orochi into pieces with this Totsuka Sword. Ashinazuchi presented Kushinada-hime to Susanoo. Parting with Ashinazuchi, Tenazuchi, and Kushinada-hime. Ashinazuchi and Tenazuchi, who appeared carrying sake barrels, left the sake barrels in front of the princess. Black clouds rushed in. It is a sign that the Orochi has appeared. Susanoo said that he would cut it with a Totsuka Sword. The Orochi has appeared. The Orochi was drunk and fell asleep. Susanoo pulled out his sword and looked at the Orochi. Susanoo cut into The Orochi. He wrestled with the Orochi. The Orochi was torn apart. He got the Kusanagi Sword from the body of the Orochi. Susanoo plays a dance of joy.

The classical section overlaps with the performance of Iwami Kagura, but I noticed that the performances of Ebisu, Goro Oji (Prince Goro), etc. are missing.

==Revision Geihoku Kagura Script==

The table of contents of Hiroshi Sasaki's "Revision Geihoku Kagura Script II, Former Dance Village, Western Yamagata District" is as follows.

  • *Shihou-Harai (Four-way Purify)
  • *Sonjin (sacred god)
  • *Yawata
  • *Do-no-Kuchi-Hiraki
  • *Kakko
  • *Kirime
  • *Shijin (Four gods)
  • *Ama-no-Iwato
  • *Yorimasa Nue Taiji (extermination)
  • *Kanazawa-no-maki (Volume of Kanazawa)
  • *Rasho-mon (gate)
  • *Kumaso Seibatsu (conquest)
  • *Tenjin
  • *Jinmu
  • *Adachi-ga-hara
  • *Jinrin
  • *Shido Shogun (Shoguns of the Four Roads)
  • *Jutaro Iwami
  • *Shinra Saburo Yoshimitsu
  • *Takenouchi
  • *Ebisu
  • *Hashi Benkei (Benkei on the Bridge)
  • *Mt. Oe
  • *Yatsuhana (Eight Flowers)
  • *Yahata
  • *Yamato Takeru
  • *Dainan-Ko (Lord Dainan)
  • *Shoki
  • *Yamata-no-Orochi
  • *Shiken (Four swords)
  • *Oji (prince)

Among these, the programs that are in the Geihoku Kagura script but not in the "Edited Iwami Kagura script" are as follows.

  • *Sonjin
  • *Kanazawa-no-maki (Volume of Kanazawa)
  • *Rasho-mon (gate)
  • *Shido Shogun (Shoguns of the Four Roads)
  • *Jutaro Iwami
  • *Shinra Saburo Yoshimitsu
  • *Hashi Benkei (Benkei on the Bridge)
  • *Mt. Oe
  • *Yatsuhana (Eight Flowers)
  • *Dainan-Ko (Lord Dainan)

Do-no-Kuchi-Hiraki is a Jingi Daiko (sacred drums). Kanazawa-no-maki is covered with Yoshimitsu Shinra Saburo. The Sonjin (sacred god) is a ritual dance, but the others are Noh-mai dances. Is Yatsuhana related to that of Aki Juni Jingi (Twelve gods)? Looking at the title, it seems that there are many performances on the subject of history. Many of these are thought to be creative performances after the Meiji era. In other words, Geihoku Kagura has been improving creative Kagura since the days of the Kyu-mai (old dance).


There are many performances that overlap with Iwami Kagura, but there are also different performances. Iwami Kagura and Geihoku Kagura have the same roots, but the existence of Shinmai (New dance) in Hiroshima Prefecture is probably a major factor that separates the two. I have never actually seen Kagura in Hiroshima prefecture, so I would like to see it someday. I can drive to Oasa or Akitakata City.

After summarizing the synopsis, I was blessed with the opportunity to actually see the Jindai Kagura in the Kanto region, but the impression is that the Jindai Kagura in the Kanto region is a faithful kagura of the Kiki (Kojiki and Nihon Shoki) mythology. Although it is a silent drama with almost no dialogue, it expresses the mythical world with gestures. Looking at these, I came to think that Iwami Kagura and Geihoku Kagura are specialized in battle. Iwami Kagura still has some performances without battle elements such as "Ebisu", "Iwato", "Yachimata", and "Gokoku Tanemoto (roots of five grains)", but most of Geihoku's Shinmai (New dance) is specialized in battle. Around here, there may be a prejudice that Kagura is a story of Oni demon extermination and poetic justice for the people of Hiroshima. Jindai Kagura in the Kanto region is also a dramatic kagura, but that is not always the case. Of course, there are elements of battle in Jindai Kagura, but that is part of the play. Iwami Kagura and Geihoku Kagura are mainly composed of battles. It is one side of the truth that it is popular because of poetic justice and fast tempo, but it seems that the direction of development is limited.

Geihoku Kagura's Shinmai (New dance) is all about battle, but the reason why the audience doesn't get bored is that the tempo is fast and there is a sense of dynamism. However, in addition to these characteristics, the existence of Chari (humorous role) may also be significant. I read the script collection, and there are many characters with humorous roles in addition to Umbrella Selling Zenbei and Chinzei Osho.

==Folkness of Geihoku Kagura==

If you read Junzo Sasaki's "Folkness of Geihoku Kagura", you will find memories of spending the night at the dedication kagura of the shrine. After all, the Kagura experience as a child is important. Nowadays, it is often danced in the hall as a tourist resource, but the kagura held at a real shrine is exceptional. On the other hand, he is worried that the costumes will become more gorgeous year by year.


  • * 『かぐら台本集』(佐々木順三, 佐々木敬文, 2016)
  • * 『考訂 芸北神楽台本Ⅱ 旧舞の里山県郡西部編』(佐々木浩, 加計印刷, 2011)
  • * 佐々木順三「芸北かぐらの民俗性」『広島民俗』第8号(広島民俗学会, 1977)pp.10-15