Sendai Suzume Odori
Sendai-shi, Miyagi Prefecture
Sendai Suzume Odori is said to been started as a dance after the ceremonial relocation of Sendai castle over 400 years ago. A craftsman from Ishigaki from Osaka came out with improvisation danced in front of King of Masamune Date.
It is called “Suzume Odori” because the appearance of the dancing resembles a sparrow with bait, and the family crest of the Date family symbol is also a “Sparrow with bamboo”. Suzume Odori, which has been handed down by the descendants of the craftsmen who built Ishigaki, has also expanded among the citizens in recent years, and many groups called “Mazura” have been created.
Suzume Odori to be shown at various festivals and events such as “Sendai · Aoba Festival” in May will compete with the choreography and musicians each festival has devised, and it is expanding year by year.
Enjoy the breathtaking light dance with colourful folding fans in both hands!