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Plays DataBase Takasago : PhotoStory StoryDataPhotoStory
 

It is early spring. Tomonari, a Shinto priest from Aso Shrine in Kyushu, is traveling to the capital. Along the way, he visits Takasago-no-ura in Harima Province.
宮島・厳島神社
The evening bell rings out. In the spring breeze, an old man and woman appear together.They have an air of purity.
武田喜永、登坂武雄
Tomonari asks the old couple about the historic pine of Takasago. They are sweeping clean the area in the shadow of the tree.
山井綱雄、金春信高、他
The old couple say that the pine of Takasago and the pine of Sumiyoshi, which are separated by sea, are known as the Aioi-no-matusu (Paired Pines).
観世清和
The old man praises the pine. which thrives evergreen. He goes on to speak deeply of the flourishing of the world of poetry, which continues auspiciously in the present age.
梅若万三郎
“The pine holds its deep green, even in the morning frost, and the fallen needles are also without end,” he says, showing the needles they have collected.
金春安明
The world is praised and blessed. The old couple reveal that they are the spirits of the Paired Pines. Saying they should meet again in Sumiyoshi, the home of the man, the old couple leave on a boat.
粟谷菊生、他
Tomonari follows to Sumiyoshi. In the form of a young man, Sumiyoshi Deity appears before him.
金春欣三
Under the clear spring moon in the dead of night, Sumiyoshi Deity dances a purifying dance of the gods
浅見真州
Every time a sleeve is reversed, a feeling of purity fills the area and spreads outward.
宇高通成 宮島・厳島神社
The dance drives away demons. The dances Senshuraku and Manzauraku guide people to long life and invite happiness.
清水寛二
Together with the dance, enjoy the voice of the wind blowing through the pines.
香川靖嗣
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