—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
—Community, tourists, tradition, arts.
Shiro Horiuchi is with the Shibaura Institute of Technology, Saitama,
Japan (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mari Morino is with the Kibi International University, Minamiawaji,
Japan (e-mail: email@example.com).
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.