Shirasagi-no Mai – White Heron Dance

The Shirasagi no Mai (White Heron Dance), dates back to the Heian period and embodies the slow and graceful movements of that time. The dance was restored in November of 1968 by the Asakusa Tourist Federation to commemorate Tokyo’s 100th Anniversary as the capital of Japan. The parade includes a lineup of 3 warriors, 1 pole carrier, 1 feeder, 1 parasol carrier, 8 white herons, and 19 musicians, as well as guardian children dressed in traditional costumes.

You can see the Shirasagi no Mai at Sensoji Temple on the second Sunday of April and the 3rd of November.

Address: 2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo.

Photos: Junko Nagata ©