I joined Douoshi ( 胴押し) of this year. Douoshi is a tradition of purification which has been practicing in Tsukihuse of Sado since 1700. In the night of 3th January, each year local people gathered in the shrine. Generally the persons who are 25 and 42 years in age join in Shaking. The burden has been healed by throwing up, continuous moving and shacking. During healing the healer performers’ dance and move around. Big fire, theme dirge song and beating sound use to drive out weakness, resentment and evil spirit from body.

My short video on Douoshi event.

It was a nice experiences to see this ancient popular ritual of purification with traditional form of performing art.

January 5th, 2016|