Tekomai Dance

Tekomai Dance

Tekomai Dance (手古舞) is originated from edo festivals which related to carrying around dashi (だし) in Sanno Festival and Ganda Matsuri. In addition, the dance is also known to be Tekomae (てこまえ). Nowadays, it is mostly known to be referring women whom involve themselves in practicing festivals and other entertainment related activities wearing Kotamae (こたまえ). In areas where Flower Street (はなまち) was disclosed, often women in the district acted and performed  along with several kids (mostly girls but also rarely boys too) younger than kindergarten.

Costumes are generally focused on flashy scarlet embroidery patterns with traditional undershirts for kimono on. The cuffs were mostly cut to show the undershirts in many cases but not so necessarily nowadays. Others include Hadanugi, Tattsuke hakama, and hanagasa on the back. Makeups are similar to how it was done generally in kabuki theatre but in some cases havey makeups and ballet similar to Western-style was also included in the varieties of the choices. Tochigi prefecture sometimes disregard of wearing wigs or any particular hairs but in principles, wigs were used. Also, during the performances props such as a steel bar with 4 to 6 iron wheels on the right hand and lantern with name on the performer’s left hands can be spotted.

Sources:

『絵本江戸風俗往来』(『東洋文庫』50)-鈴木棠三編(1965年、平凡社)

『近世風俗志(守貞謾稿)』(第四巻)-宇佐美英機校訂(2001年、岩波文庫)

http://koto-kanko.jp/guide/about_tomioka/

https://dictionary.goo.ne.jp/jn/151290/meaning/m0u/

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