Sugou Shishi is a kind of lion dances which is dedicated to either Hakusan Shrine or Matsuo Hakusan Shurin alternately in every year on Reisai, the most important event of the year for both shrines, in order to thank for a good harvest in Autumn.
Sugou Shishi is consists of 3 separate dances; Kiyoku Jishi, Tengu Jishi, and Kinzou Jishi which have its own style and theme and known for its unique and acrobatic dancing move.
Although the origin of Sugou Shishi is yet unknown, it is said that founder was Ryukan.
Ryukan was the monk who was exiled to Hida together with his father Gyoushin who came from Shiragi which was a country existed in Korean peninsula after participated the coup attempt led by Prince Ōtsu in 686.
Dates and functions are subject to change without notice. Be sure to check the latest information in advance.
Hakusan Shrine, Hidaka City, Gifu Prefecture