Updated at 2023-05-31
The lion dance has been performed in Japan for thousands of years. Although Kagawa Prefecture is the smallest region in Japan by land area, it has roughly 800 lion dance troupes, the most in Japan. The choreography of the lion dance may differ depending on the shrine. Fall is lion dance season in Kagawa. People in the community organize lion dances as a show of respect to the shrine and to as for peace and a good harvest in the coming year. At present, a growing number of young people are taking up the practice and creating innovative new ways to promote the lion dance culture. Hariko is the primary technique used to make lion heads. Heads made through hariko are lightweight and durable. It is regarded as a traditional craft of Kagawa Prefecture.
Agreement date: July 18, 2016
Area: 1,876.77 square kilometers
Population: Approx. 942,840
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