Chakkirako is a folk dance that blesses the harvest and prosperity of the townspeople for the new year. The chakkirako festival in Misaki is a traditional event held in Miura City. Girls aged 5 to 12 perform dances to music holding bamboo sticks "chakkirako" and fans. There is no established theory for the origin of Chakkirako, but it has been performed as a prayer for good catches of fish since the Edo period. In 2010 Chakkirako was added to the list of Intangible Cultural Heritage in UNESCO..
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