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Binzasara Mai | by M Harrison
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Binzasara Mai

When the troupe arrives at the Kaguraden (a pavilion in the Asakusa Shrine), you can see the performance of a dance called Binzasara Mai. This is a dance praying for abundant harvest and prosperity of one's descendants performed by people dressed in splendid costumes while holding binzasara, which are musical instruments made of bamboo strips strung together. This instrument is very interesting for it is played by opening and closing it like an accordion, and produces rich melodies.

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Taken on May 16, 2008