Mibu no Hana Taue is a Japanese agricultural ritual asking the rice deity to assure an abundant rice harvest. It takes place in two communities of Hiroshima Prefecture on the first Sunday of June after rice transplanting is completed. Villagers, cattle, an elder leader and colourfully dressed girls re-enact the stages of planting and transplanting a rice field specially reserved for this event. Participants sing accompanied by drums, flutes and small gongs. Transmission is ensured by the elders who also oversee the ritual's smooth execution.
Asia and the Pacific
Series: 2011 Inscriptions on the Representative List
Authors and personalities: Takeshita Masahiko, director.
Production: Kitahiroshima-cho, Japan, producer.
Rights/Droits: Kitahiroshima-cho, Japan
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