October: Shuuhaira Traditional Dance 十方拝礼
beppu port 1 hr 20 min 10 min 20 min Bus Stop: Urago
Shuuhaira, meaning ‘to worship in ten directions’ has been designated as an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan.
It is uncertain when these dances began, but according to documents about the religious festivals, it was already being performed by the end of the Muromachi Period (1338 – 1573). The rhythm of the drums and chanting while dancing is very intriguing.

Date: Mid-October (even-numbered years)
Location: Hiyoshi Shrine, Urago Village
*A dress rehearsal is held the day before in the grounds outside the shrine priest's house, next to the post office in Urago Village.
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