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Toyama Convention Bureau

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Since ancient times, there have been many different types of traditional performance arts and local entertainment in Toyama Prefecture, and presentations of traditional performance arts at ceremonies, receptions and other events are greatly appreciated by participants from home and abroad. Feel free to contact us about arranging such performances.

Etchu Owara

Etchu OwaraThe Etchu Owara has been handed down over more than 300 years in Yatsuo, a village nestled between the mountains in the southwest part of Toyama City. Visitors are enchanted by the dreamlike atmosphere as men and women dressed in matching kimono dance to the lyrical and plaintive music as they move through the village.

Costs : 200,000 - 300,000yen

Duration of performance : About 15 minutes


Kokiriko

KokirikoKokiriko is said to be the oldest folk song in Japan and has been preserved through the centuries in the Gokayama region as a prayer for a good harvest. Essential to Kokiriko is the sasara, a string-bound bundle of wooden plates. The elegant dance performed to the sounding of this instrument is truly an intriguing sight.

Costs : 150,000 - 200,000yen

Duration of performance : About 12 minutes



Mugiya-bushi

Mugiya-bushiThe Mugiya-bushi is a folk song that has been sung in the Gokayama region since ancient times. The contrast of the melancholic melody and the men dancing the gallant and dignified Mugiya-bushi dance has fascinated audiences through the years.

Costs : 150,000 - 200,000yen

Duration of performance : About 20 minutes


Yoshihisa Shishi-mai


Yoshihisa Shishi-maiIn Toyama Prefecture, there are more than 1,000 different kinds of shishi-mai (lion dance) that have been handed down through generations. Among them, the shishi-mai that has been preserved in the Yoshihisa area is an especially dynamic dance with a tengu (long-nosed goblin) swinging clubs, swords and torches as he fights a lion.

Costs : 200,000 - 300,000yen

Duration of performance : About 15 - 30 minutes

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Shishi-mai of Shishi-Eden

Shishi-mai of Shishi-EdenIn the Shinminato area of Imizu City, a lion dance has been performed since ancient times to pray for a good harvest and drive out evil spirits. The dance is known for the fierce battles between the tengu and the lion, and the powerful and dazzling dance performances continue to captivate audiences.

Costs : 200,000 - 300,000yen

Duration of performance : About 30 minutes

 Movie(YouTube)


Mochitsuki Taiko

Mochitsuki TaikoA unique celebration preserved in the Fukumitsu area through the years, the Mochitsuki Taiko is a performance with men and women pounding rice to make rice cakes as they dance to the music of flutes, shamisen and drums. The energetic performance welcomes guests with a cheerful atmosphere of celebration.

Costs : 100,000 - 150,000yen

Duration of performance : About 15 minutes