41. Chakkirako チャッキラコ is a folk dance that blesses the harvest and prosperity of the townspeople of Misaki, at the tip of the Miura Peninsula, for the new year. The chakkirako ritual is a traditional event held in this fishing port famous for its tuna markets. Girls aged 5 to 12 perform dances to music holding bamboo sticks called chakkirako and fans. There is no established theory behind the origin of chakkirako, but it has been performed as a prayer for a good catch of fish since the Edo period.
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