Chakkirako (Japanese: チャッキラコ) is a dance performed at a festival in Miura, Japan to celebrate the New Year and bring good fortune, especially in fishing. In 2009, it has been inscribed in UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In 1976, Japan's government recognized this dance as an intangible cultural heritage to be protected.
The dance originated in the Edo period with influences by the dances of visiting sailors. By the mid-eighteenth century, it had become a showcase for local girls. Every year in the middle of January, ten to twenty girls in colorful kimonos between the ages of 5 and 12 perform the dance at a shrine or in front of houses. They're accompanied by five to ten older women singing a capella.
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- "Chakkirako - intangible heritage - Culture Sector - UNESCO". ich.unesco.org. Retrieved 2018-02-17.
- "国指定文化財等データベース:主情報詳細". kunishitei.bunka.go.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-02-17.
- 三浦市. "三浦市/Chakkirako festival". www.city.miura.kanagawa.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2018-02-17.