Just three days left to see this photographic exhibition of Tohoku deer dances ~ a powerful reminder that restoring local culture is also an important part of the reconstruction process.
Traditional Shishi odori/Shika odori deer dances can be found in various areas of Japan but are most commonly associated with the Tohoku region. As a consequence of March’s disaster, many of the costumes used in these traditional dances were damaged or destroyed.
This exhibition by Kyoto photographer Tomo Ishihara at Hounen-in, is a photographic record of past deer dances performed in Iwate Prefecture. Entrance to the exhibition (and the temple) is free, although donations will be welcome. Colour prints of images on display as well as t-shirts will be available for purchase.
All proceeds will go to the repair and replacement of these historically and culturally significant costumes.
The event runs daily from Monday 27th June until Sunday 3rd July, (10am-4pm)
To find Hounen-in go south from Ginkakuji along Tetsugaku-no-michi (The Path of Philosophy) and after a 15 minute walk you should see a sign on your right for 法然院. Cross the canal and you’ll find yourself on a side street. Go left again and you’ll find the entrance on your right leading up through the woods. Alternatively, coming directly from Shirakawa Dori, just go in a straight line east from the Fresco Supermarket (south of Imadegawa and north of Marutamachi) till you get to Tetsugaku-no-michi and then follow the directions as above. Here is a map.
Many thanks to Jack Harris for the images.