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Mikagura performance in Vilnius, Lithuania

On 22nd June, Shinto priests and shrine maidens of Tsurugaoka Hachimangu were invited to Lithuania by Japanese Ambassador to Lithuania, H.E. Mr. Toyoei Shigeeda, to perform Mikagura, Japanese traditional music and dance, at Vilnius University.

Chiune Sugihara, the most renowned Japanese to have lived in Lithuania, resided in Kamakura in his last years, and now rests peacefully there. As the year 2016 marked the 30th anniversary of Chiune Sugihara's passing, H.E. Mr. Shigeeda visited Kamakura to commemorate his honourable deeds and also visited Tsurugaoka Hachimangu to offer Chief Priest Rev. Mr. Yoshida for a lecture and a performance of Mikagura in Lithuania in 2017.

Firstly, The Reverend Mr. Yoshida gave a lecture about Shinto faith and tradition. Then, Mikagura including three sacred dances “Yorozuyo-no-mai”, “Nagoshi-no-mai”, and “Nincho-no-mai” was performed gracefully and solemnly by the priest and the maidens.

It was a great privilege that Tsurugaoka Hachimangu had been allowed to join the Midsummer festival in Šakiai and had performed Mikagura at the hillside on the following day of the performance in Vilnius.

It was also a great honor and pleasure to offer an opportunity for Lithuanian people to touch and feel deeper about Shinto and traditional culture.  

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