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Tsuwano Then and Now
Exploring the Town of TsuwanoThrough the One Hundred Landscapes of Tsuwano

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Hori Mansion|堀庭園 (Hori-teien)

The Hori Mansion was the home of a rich copper-mine senior official. The main building is was rebuilt after a fire in 1785, and the guest house built in the Momoyama period (late 16th century) style is from 1897. The buildings are in a beautiful harmony with the background, and the seasonal changing of the surrounding nature.

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Youmei-ji temple |永明寺(Youmei-ji)

Youmei-ji is a temple built in 1420 by the feudal lord of Tsuwano domain at the time, the Yoshimi-clan. The temple served as the family temple for the successive feudal lords of Yoshimi, Sakazaki and Kamei, and is also the final rest-place for a few of famous Tsuwano scholars.
The gate of the temple was moved from Tonomachi, where it was separating the commoners from the Samura class.
It has a majestic thatched roof, a beautiful temple garden, and with not to many visitors, you can actually enjoy a moment of peace, in the silence of the forest.

URL : https://tsuwano100.net/nikki/1674

Yasaka Shrine |弥栄神社 (Yasaka-jinja)

The Yasaka-jinja Shrine is an important part of the Tsuwano heritage. It is where the Gion Festival and The Heron Dance or Sagi-mai starts every year on the 20th of July, and also where the diety returns 7 days later on the 27th. It has remained the same as it was depicted in the Tsuwano Hyakkeizu - Then and now, 150years ago.

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Tsuwano dance | 津和野踊り (Tsuwano-odori)

The dancers at Tsuwano-odori (also called Obon dance), wear black hoods as well as a white headband with round fan up high,dancing in an elegant manner at a relaxing tempo.
The Tsuwano dance is held at various locations around the castle town, from 10th to 15th of August.

2017 is the the 400th anniversary of Kamei clan coming to Tsuwano, and the start of the Tsuwano-odori, and we hope to have 400 dancers on the 15th of August. Please, do join us not just for the festivities, but also for the dance.
Be one of the 400 memorial dancers!

URL : https://tsuwano100.net/nikki/1600

The Heron Dance|鷺舞 (Sagi-mai)

The Sagi-Mai, or Heron Dance, is designated as an important intangible cultural asset by the Japanese Government.
This is the sacred dance of the Yasaka Shrine festival, performed on July 20th and 27th at the Gion Festival.

It is said, that the Heron Dance has been performed for more than 450 years only in Tsuwano as even at its origin, the then-capital Kyoto, at one time this tradition was discontinued.

For generations now, it has been carried on by the people of Tsuwno,who are proud to continue this tradition.

URL : https://tsuwano100.net/nikki/1550

Japanese horseback archery|流鏑馬 (Yabusame)

Every year, the spirits of the past visit the holy grounds of Washibara Hachimangu Shrine in the small castle-town of Tsuwano (Shimane Prefecture).
Under the blossoming Sakura trees (Japanese Cherry), riders in traditional samurai clothes (same as in the Kamakura period, 12th century) gather, bows and arrows are lined up to perform in front of the Hachiman deity (god of archery and war).

Yabusame is practiced in many parts of Japan, but Tsuwano is special in that the holly grounds of Washibara Hachimangu Shrine was specially built for horse archery some 450 years ago. It was also recorded 150 years ago in many pictures of the “Tsuwano Hyakkeizu” (One Hundred Views of Tsuwano).

URL : https://tsuwano100.net/nikki/1527