〒698-0024 17-2 Ekimae-cho Masuda-shi Shimane Japan
The deity of the Sun, Amaterasu, hid in a cave and blocked the entrance with a big rock, and the world was steeped in darkness. The other deities discussed how to coax her out and bring the light back. One female deity, Uzume, danced in front of the rock and the other deities watching laughed and cheered her on. They finally succeeded in drawing Amaterasu out.
It is said the origin of kagura comes from Uzume’s dance, which was presented with a prayer for Amaterasu’s presence. It is a celebrative play in which various deities appear.