The dance of egrets


The white heron dance is performed by white herons wearing white heron-shaped costumes, warriors, stick swingers, large umbrellas, and musicians. A beautifully composed dance parades through the precincts.


The White Heron Dance has roots in a scroll which depicted scenes of a parade praying for the safe transfer of Yasaka Shrine from Yamaguchi to Shimane Prefecture. The re-enactment has been performed annually since 1968—reinstated by the Asakusa Tourist Association to commemorate 100 years since Edo was renamed Tokyo and declared the official capital of Japan.