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Locals performing the Shorai Odori dance

Tracing its origin back to the Muromachi period, the Shorai Odori is a nenbutsu-type dance performed during the Obon season. Participants go around to houses in the region and dance to commemorate the recent passing of a family member. The traditional, summertime dance has been passed down in only five villages in the Kamikoma region of Yamashiro-cho and is a registered important cultural property in Kyoto Prefecture.