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Ennen no Mai

毛越寺 延年の舞

The Ennen no Mai, or “longevity dances”, are a kind of Buddhist ritual performance that was practiced during the Heian and Muromachi eras. There are various routines, involving unique steps and costumes, but all are important facets of Japan’s traditional performing arts heritage. Out of all the surviving variations of the practice, the Ennen no Mai that has been handed down at Motsu-ji Temple for generations is one of the best-preserved examples of the original form. Motsu-ji’s Ennen is performed during new year celebrations on January 20th, as well as during Hiraizumi’s Spring and Fall Fujiwara Festivals, and the temple’s Iris and Bush Clover fairs.

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Ichinoseki Tourist Information Center 0191-23-2350, Hiraizumi Tourist Information Center 0191-46-2110
Access 1
3 minutes via RunRun loop bus from Hiraizumi Station
Access 2
10 minute walk from Hiraizumi Station
Access 3
5 minutes via rental cycle from Hiraizumi Station
Access 4
10 minute drive from Hiraizumi-Maesawa Interchange

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