2019 Morioka Festival Float’s Tour in Hualien
Elegant & Stylish
Arrowhead (矢の根 Yanone)
“Arrowhead” is a famous Japanese classical drama (“Kabuki”) in history. The outline of the story is as follows: It was New Year which is the arrival of the first month of the year. Sogagoro, while polishing the shaft and sharpening the arrow, fell asleep dreaming of his elder brother who was captured in enemy’s territory. His brother was calling out for help from him in the dream, and Sogagoro was shocked. He fought with demons coming from all directions and mounted a horse coming towards him and rode off by using a white radish as the whip. In the play, there was a geisha who was singing Oozatsuma Jōruri (おおざつまじょうるり) and bringing a pair of fans as new year gift. This is why it became a splendid performance for early spring during the Edo period.
“Arrowhead”, which is beautiful and auspicious, is a very popular play in “Kabuki” performance and is only played on important festivals in Japan.
(Momotarō—also known as “Peach Boy”)
“Momotarō” is the most famous legend in Japan and carries a meaning of auspiciousness. The work presented this time was about the scene when Momotarō went to Demon Island with Dog, Monkey and Pheasant to fight with demons.