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A pavilion or stage used for the offering of sacred dance (kagura). Also called maidono. Permanent structures for the performance of ritual dance appeared from the late Heian period, and were disseminated widely during the subsequent Kamakura period. In some cases, one part of another shrine structure might be used for such performances, while in others, independent structures were built and dedicated to ceremonies involving dance; in still other cases, the hall of worship (haiden) might be be enlisted to serve a dual role as a place for the performance of dance. Independent structures for sacred dance were strongly influenced by the architectural styles of structures built for the performance of ancient court dances (bugaku); such structures were typified by a raised stage of square (or nearly square) dimensions, without walls but surrounded by ballustrades; others resemble the Noh stage with its pine-tree motif.

-Mori Mizue
The Kaguraden at Shinagawa Jinja.

Tokyo, 2007

©Ichida Masataka

The shishimai performed at the kaguraden (sacred dance hall) at Kanda Myōjin shrine. The dancer accepts an offering of money (goshūgi) from a worshipper near the beginning of the clip by "eating" it, this is a form of tip for the dancer himself.

Tokyo, 2006

©Ōsawa Kōji

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