kasukabe shishimai

Information for the Kasukabe Shishimai performance at Choshi guchi Katori shrine annually in January.

Choshiguchi Shishimai

Choshiguchi shishimai (lion dance) was brought to Kasukabe from the current Koshigaya city in 1697. It is a lion dance to music with three single “lions” performed at Choshiguchi Katori shrine in Kasukabe. Three individual lions at a shishimai performance is not that common in Saitama, which is one of the draws of this particular shishimai. It is a tangible folk cultural property of Kasukabe City. You can see shishimai three times during the year at the Choshiguchi katori shrine, including this New Year performance held in January. The other two dates are in July and October.

This year, 2023, it is a much shorter performance than usual due to the pandemic. It maybe due to the pandemic too, that Kasukabe City have not added the event to their website. But Jalan, who are usually very reputable for event information, have the event listed. According to them, the 2023 Kasukabe Choshiguchi shishimai performance is scheduled for this coming Sunday January 15th. It will start at 11 am, but is only on for 30 minutes this year. In a usual year it normally starts at 2 pm.

2023 Information

Event: Choshiguchi Shishimai Performance 銚子口の獅子舞

Date: Sunday January 15th 2023

Time: from 11 am to 11.30 am (Just 30 minutes this year due to the pandemic)

Cost: free, but it is customary to throw some money into the prayer box

Venue: Choshiguchi Katori Shrine 銚子口香取神社, 551 Choshiguchi, Kasukabe, Saitama 344-0013. View on Google Maps.

There is no official website, just a page on Saitama’s shrine directory.

For more Shishimai and new year’s events in Saitama, please see the event category. For a one page summary of the events coming up the rest of January, check out the monthly event summary post.

Choshiguchi Shishimai was temporarily off the blog during the pandemic. The last time it appeared on the blog was for the 2020 performance on January 19th 2020.

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