The Lion Dance(“Shishimai” in Japanese)
Shishimai is a type of Japanese traditional dance.
It uses a hand-held lion head puppet, mainly wooden.
Shishimai is an expression of Japanese traditional culture
through performing arts.
Sacred Nature of the Lion Dance
The Lion Dance is often seen during New Years events.
It confronts misfortune at the beginning of the year.
The Shishi eats the misfortunes of the people.
It pretends to bite their heads, consuming their troubles.
Thus we hope to enjoy good health and happiness throughout the year.
Lion dance “luck charm”
The Lion Dance is an “auspicious” occasion,
bringing good luck to Japan since ancient times.
Lion Dance offers hospitality to domestic and foreign guests
Wedding parties, festive company functions,
and various organization events host Shishimai.
It’s a popular way to welcome guests from abroad at such receptions.
The Lion Dance appears on days of celebration.
Auspicious Lion Dance
Japanese culture and customs have long been rooted in “feelings of hope and happiness.”
Lion Dance is a leading Japanese symbol of blessings and good fortune.
These days it’s common to find people who have never seen Shishimai
In the past it was everywhere.
What was once ubiquitous can now be thought to be valued even more for it’s rarity.
Relatively few people, even Japanese, have actually witnessed a live appearance.