Every year, in February, kabuki performances dedicated to Kannon continue their roughly 360-year-long history at the playhouse in the temple grounds. It's a custom that the villagers carry on in order to keep their vows to Kannon, and it has never been suspended, even during wartime. Notwithstanding the fact that they are amateurs, the villagers give a full-blown kabuki performance. At the climax, coins folded in paper—"ohineri"—fly from the audience onto the stage. If you can get there early, try asking the people sitting in the front row about the etiquette for ohineri. If you can throw ohineri with skill, you too can be a village kabuki master.
In recent years, children's kabuki has flourished in Damine and performances have been given overseas for international exchange. It's interesting to see adorable kids give a performance in makeup and costumes that are not from the present day.
Kajisawa 14, Damine, Shitara Town, Kita-Shitara County, Aichi Prefecture
Days / Hours
- Every year 2nd Sunday in February (Changes starting in 2019)
Performance times from 11:00 (scheduled end time is 19:00)
- Phone Number
- Neighboring Facilities
- Damine Castle
- 70 parking spaces
Get directions on Google Maps
By Public Transport
- [JR Iida Line] Hon-Nagashino Station → [Toyotetsu bus bound for Taguchi] Damine → Walk 20 min.
- Toyokawa I.C. → Route 151 → Route 257