オーラル・ヒストリーから読み解く秩父市荒川白久「神明社神楽」の古層信仰 A Deep Layer Belief of Shinmeisha-Kagura (Chichibu City Arakawa-Shiroku area) from Oral History
In the Arakawa-Shiroku area (located in the City of Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture), there are old kagura (a Shinto-based folk performing arts particular to the location), called "Shinmeishakagura". Because of the lack of documentation, the understanding of kagura's history is difficult. Yadenji Hamanaka (one of the successors of this performance tradition) holds much knowledge of the traditional past. This paper will explain the traditions and shed light on some interesting aspects of kagura. Concerning the understanding of the successors, kagura is known to get its influences from kabuki, and many successors of kagura performance understood this. In the research of this paper, I clarify that kagura contains a very complicated background of influences. This result leads us to the conclusion that there is a stratified structure in the successors' understandings of their art.
日本オーラル・ヒストリー研究 9(0), 107-123, 2013