Menburyu is a traditional dance to pray for a good harvest and to expel illnesses, mainly in the southwest area of Saga Prefecture.
A group of around 20 men who wear grim demon masks and valiant Kakeuchi costumes dance with the traditional Japanese music play by gongs, drums, and flutes.
One of the theories about the origin of Menburyu is related the battle between Ohuchi clan and Ryuzouji clan in 400 years ago during the Warring States period.
It is said that when Ohuchi clan who were inferiority in numbers conducted the surprise attack, warriors wore the mask to make their opponents frightened.
2nd Sunday of September
Dates and functions are subject to change without notice. Be sure to check the latest information in advance.
Kashima City, Saga Prefecture
http://www.city.saga-kashima.lg.jp/main/4040.html (Japanese )