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Enjoy "Iwami Kagura," a traditional performing arts passed down through generations at the World Heritage Site, Iwami Ginzan.

Iwami Kagura: An Unfolding Tapestry of Myth, Passion, and Community

Would you like to immerse yourself in a private performance of Iwami Kagura, one of Japan's oldest and most revered forms of theater? Its roots extend back to the pre-modern era. It is a cultural treasure of the Iwami Ginzan, which gained recognition as Asia's first industrial heritage site. Originating from the Iwami region of western Shimane Prefecture, it was initially a Shinto ritual expressing gratitude for bountiful harvests. This sacred art form has been carefully preserved and passed down through generations within the community.

Today, Iwami Kagura has surpassed its ritualistic origins, captivating audiences from various locations inside and outside the prefecture with regular performances. In this specially curated experience, regional Kagura troupes perform their authentic pieces as seen in traditional festivals and regular shows. The difference lies in the exclusivity - the performances are privately held within the serene precincts of a Shinto shrine, reserved entirely for you and your group. The repertoire, largely based on Japanese mythology, features dynamic dance and music. It showcases the region's traditional craft, elaborate Kagura masks made from Sekishu Washi paper, along with splendid costumes, props, and stage settings, providing a deep insight into Japanese aesthetics and spirituality.

For a closer, more enriching experience of this artistic performance and to share in the profound impact with your travel companions, enjoy this exclusive, private viewing plan of Iwami Kagura.

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