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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Feature Exhibition On-Matsuri and the Sacred Art of Kasuga’

Nara National Museum

by Jordan Sievers

Staff Writer

On-Matsuri, also known as the Grand Festival of Kasuga Wakamiya, is a popular year-end event held in Nara Prefecture at which performers and festival participants pay their respects to the Kasuga Wakamiya Shrine deity.

The festival features many different kinds of music and dance routines, all of which are culturally significant in the worship of deities. This concurrent exhibition showcases attributes and materials related to the Kasuga Wakamiya Shrine deity, as well as artifacts from the history of the festival.

As one of the area’s longest running events, the festival, along with the exhibition, is like a time capsule showcasing some of Japan’s oldest traditional performing arts; Dec. 7-Jan. 19.

Nara National Museum; 50 Todaiji-cho, Nara. Nara Stn. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥500. Closed Mon. 050-5542-8600; www.narahaku.go.jp/english