Hiroshima Kagura. Regular weekly performances of theatrical kagura in downtown Hiroshima.
Hiroshima Kagura, a form of traditional music and dance dedicated to Shinto gods and featuring extravagant costumes and dynamic movement, has in recent years taken on a theatrical aspect and is attracting attention as a popular new performing art. Although kagura has traditionally been performed at specific times of the year in connection with the seasons and Shintō rituals, performances by different troupes can now be enjoyed weekly in downtown Hiroshima.
（Photos: Courtesy of Hiroshima City Economic Affairs and Tourism Bureau）
＜Geihoku Kagura – 芸北神楽＞
Originating in the Iwami Region of Shimane Prefecture, Geihoku Kagura has, in the 200 odd years since the late Edo Period, developed as a distinctive form of kagura in the Geihoku Region of northern Hiroshima Prefecture. Geihoku Kagura, with its dynamic dance and music and elaborate costumes has been instrumental in the rise in popularity of Hiroshima Kagura throughout Japan.
＜Aki Jūni-Jingi – 安芸十二神祇＞
Aki Jūni-Jingi is a rare form of kagura that has been performed since medieval times. Traditionally, the twelve Shintō dances of Aki Jūni-jingi are performed every year on the eve of Autumn Festivals at venues along the Setō Inland Sea coast, including Hiroshima City, Hatsukaichi City, and Ōtake City.
＜Geiyo Shotō Kagura – 芸予諸島の神楽＞
Geiyo Shotō Kagura comes from the Geiyo Islands of the Seto Inland Sea. This highly acclaimed kagura has been designated as one of Hiroshima Prefecture’s Important Intangible Folk Cultural Properties.
＜Hiba Kōjin Kagura – 比婆荒神神楽＞
Hiba Kōjin Kagura is a traditional style of kagura, influenced by Bitchū Kagura from Okayama Prefecture, and performed in and around the Hiba District in Hiroshima Prefecture.
＜Bingo Kagura – 備後神楽＞
Gogyōsai Kagura is a unique form of traditional kagura that consists of dancing, singing and prayer recital, performed in the Bingo Region of eastern Hiroshima Prefecture, and parts of the neighbouring Aki Region.
Geihoku Kagura, an offshoot of Bingo Kagura, actively promotes kagura as a modern performing art with new pieces that feature original choreography and even a collaboration with a symphony orchestra.
Venue: Hiroshima Prefectural Citizens’ Culture Centre
Schedule: Two programmes every Wednesday from 4 April – 26 December 2018.
Times: Doors open 18:00; First performance 19:00; Second performance 20:00; On-stage photo opportunity with performers from 20:45.
Admission: General seating 1,000 yen, tickets available at the venue from 17:30.
(*Numbered tickets to line up for admission ticket sales are distributed on the 1st floor lobby of the Hiroshima Prefectural Citizens’ Culture Centre from 4:30 pm on performance day. However, times are subject to change for performances where a large audience is expected.)
Programme: A detailed programme in English for 2018 is available from