"This ancient folk dance, made as an offering at Tsukiyomi Shrine and Amatsu Shrine on the evening of the 14th of October, was first performed approximately 1300 years ago by the Oosumi Hayato people from present-day Kagoshima in service to the imperial court. Along with the Iwato-kagura dance it is considered one of the original Japanese folk arts. The stage is hung with a thick thatch rope and decorated with a bamboo pole that has bamboo grass pointing towards the four compass points. In front of the stage, flags in five colours hang down and a red hood is placed on a giant piece of bamboo. Rice, salt and vegetables are displayed as offerings to the gods. Now the Hayato dancers are local junior high school students. They dress in traditional clothes, carry fans, bells, and a sword or shield, and dance in time to a taiko drum and flute."