IJSSH 2015 Vol.5(1): 58-62 ISSN: 2010-3646
DOI: 10.7763/IJSSH.2015.V5.422

How Local Cultures Contribute to Local Communities? Case Studies of Japanese Spirits Dance „Kagura‟

Shiro Horiuchi and Mari Morino
Abstract—We did social survey in the Eastern Kyushu area of Japan on how local groups of ‘kagura’, Japanese spirits dance, have inherited their kagura festivals. The numbers of kagura dancers and guests to the festivals have increased in many groups. The ways of enlargement were different, depending on whether the festivals were closed or open to outsider tourists. In the kagura groups where the festivals were open to outsider tourists, the numbers of dancers and guests have increased, if kagura groups well advertised their areas to outsiders, young residents settled into the area and the dancers did not stick to their traditional kagura. Kagura groups enlarged not only in city areas but also in mountainous areas where depopulation and ageing are serious problems. The results suggest that local cultures could contribute to enhancement of local communities where amount of local cultures have remained whereas depopulation and ageing are serious problems.

Index Terms—Community, tourists, tradition, arts.

Shiro Horiuchi is with the Shibaura Institute of Technology, Saitama, Japan (e-mail: horiuchi.shiro@gmail.com).
Mari Morino is with the Kibi International University, Minamiawaji, Japan (e-mail: morino@kibi.ac.jp).

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Cite: Shiro Horiuchi and Mari Morino, " How Local Cultures Contribute to Local Communities? Case Studies of Japanese Spirits Dance 'Kagura'," International Journal of Social Science and Humanity vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 58-62, 2015.

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