“A local dance performance to pray for a good harvest”
Hachinohe Enburi is a dance that grew out of the area’s harsh winters.
Dancers called Tayu wear sparkling eboshi headdresses and perform a dance in which they scrape the frozen earth,
expressing the people’s prayers for a good harvest and the arrival of spring.
What is Enburi?
Designated as an National Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property, the “Hachinohe Enburi” is a local dance performance expressing prayers for a good harvest. The dance is said to take its name from a farm tool called “eburi” (or “iburi/yusaburi”), which makes flattens the ground. It is a ritual for shaking the gods of the fields to wake them up and to put the people’s spirits into the earth.
The dancers, called Tayu, wear large, brilliantly-ornamented eboshi hats in the shape of horses’ heads. Enburi’s most unique and distinctive feature is these hats and the way the dancers wearing them shake their heads around in wide arcs. The dance expresses the entire set of actions involved in rice cultivation, including sowing seeds and planting seedlings.
Between the dances of the Tayu, adorable performances of Shukufukumai dances by children are presented for the audience to enjoy.