Located in Kashima Town, Matsue City, between Lake Shinji and the Japan Sea, Sada Shrine was founded in the 8th century. Symmetrically perfect when viewed straight on, many of the structures within the shrine compound are designated national cultural properties.
Although famed for its Noh performance, Sada Shrine is a fully functioning facility that is highly engaged in the surrounding community. There are annual events and festivals held year round. The Jinzaisai is a festival that takes place from November 20-25th, where 8 million gods are said to attend. In addition to daily spiritual ceremonies, there are food stalls set up along the path to the shrine.
This historic and ritual changing of the shrine’s rush mats, called gozakae in Japanese, has been elevated to an art form that is so intricate and captivating that it has been recognized by UNESCO as an example of the world’s intangible heritage. Although this dance can be seen at various sites around Shimane throughout the year, the Sada performance takes place on September 24th and 25th.
This classic piece of Noh theater was crafted by a 17th century priest who traveled to Kyoto to learn this ancient art form. Upon his return, he transformed the ritual songs and chants into a two day feast for the senses that includes some incredibly striking movements and deft sword techniques.
About the Area
Matsue is the vibrant capital city of Shimane Prefecture that has been shaped by its feudal heritage as a castle town and its unique location on Lake Shinji, Lake Nakaumi and the Japan Sea. The city center is dominated by the presence of Matsue Castle and its surrounding canals. This area is also a cultural zone as it is home to museums and historic quarters. One of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of the city is from the water and there are several cruise companies that make this possible.
Access: Take the Super Yakumo Express train from JR Okayama Station to JR Matsue Station. Take the Ichibata bus bound for Etomo to Sada Shrine-Mae.
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