Kagura-den: A World Heritage Sacred Shinto Music & Dance Hall (HDR Photo)
This sacred Shinto music and dance hall is used to offer prayers in the form of kagura 「sacred music and dance, 神楽」 to Inari 「God of rice, 稲荷」 at Fushimi Inari Taisha, a World Heritage site in Kyoto. At Fushimi Inari Taisha this is an important building, located between the main gate and the main worship hall.
Sacred Shinto Music & Dance Hall
The ceremony at which the kagura is performed is called kigansai 「祈願祭」. The kagura is peformed by miko 「shrine maidens, 巫女」 who are typically seen working at shrines wearing a long vermilion coloured skirt and a white kimono jacket.
Kagura-den started appearing in Japan around the 10th century, and can be found at many shrines, such as the kagura-den at Hakone Shrine.
Read more about Fushimi Inari Taisha in Kyoto.