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Farm-Village Kabuki, Stages, and Grandstand

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Farm-Village Kabuki, Stages, and Grandstand of Shodoshima

In Nakayama, located in the upland district of Shodoshima between the mountains and the sea, there is a long tradition of farm-village kabuki theater. It is performed on a permanent stage with a grandstand made of stonework. The Nakayama area is known for its terraced rice fields called Senmaida (“Thousand Rice Terraces”), which were built up with stonemasonry in order to create fields on this island with little arable land. The people of Shodoshima continue to use their wisdom, skills, and knowledge of stone to maintain the scenic terraces, while praying for good harvests and maintaining the tradition of farm-village kabuki.
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