17 May '14, 3pm
Learn more about the *Shirasagi no mai* (White heron dance) #Japan #Asakusa
Shirasagi-no Mai is a ceremonial parade that was restored in November, 1968 by the Asakusa Tourist Federation in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Tokyo as the nation's capital. The origin of this ritual dance is found in a historic picture scroll owned by Sensoji Temple, called Keian Engi Emaki, which depicts the scene of ritual parade to pray for the peace after the move of the temple. The parade is composed of three warriors, one pole carrier, one feeder, one parasol carrier, eight white herons, nineteen musicians, guardian children and others, dressed in the traditional attire of the Heian period (the late 8th to the late 12th century) and the costume that represents white herons. A slow, graceful movement of dancers beautifully reproduces the elegance of Heian manners and is worth seeing.