Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Japan Photo per Day - Kaguraden at Yasaka Shrine, Kyoto

A stage like this, a kaguraden, can be found only in the most important, large and old Shinto shrines. They are used for kagura dances, a type of Shinto rituals performed by shrine maidens (miko). The kaguraden stages first appeared at the end of the Heian period and for a while they were very popular, but today the shrines without a dedicated structure are usually performing kagura in the main hall.

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