Kagura Plays

Takiyasha hime
The self-proclaimed New Emperor of the Eastern Provinces, Taira-no-Masakado,is defeated in the Battle of Tengyō by the imperial warriors Fujiwara-no-Hidesato and Taira-no-Sadamori.
Masakado's only remaining daughter, Satsuki-hime, goes to pray at the Kifune Shrine in Kyoto, asking the the gods to imbue her with powerful magic so that she may avenge the death of her father.
Hearing her pleas and taking sympathy, the gods grant her wish and turn her into a fearsome demon sorceress.
Satsuki-hime takes the name Takiyasha-hime and returns to her father's hometown of Souma to rally supporters still loyal to her father to take on the imperial army that murdered him.
When news of Takiyasha's plans reach the capital, the imperial court orders Mitsukuni, a powerful sorcerer in his own right, to eliminate her.
Mitsukuni meets Takiyasha on the field of battle where she is defeated, leaving her quest to seek vengeance unfinished.

Momiji-gari(Autumn Foliage Viewing)
Once upon a time in the Heian Era, the brave and proud protector of Shinano(current Nagano Prefecture) Taira-no-Koremochi was charged with dispensing of a fiercefemale demon who roamed the hills of Mt. Togakushi.
Koremochi ventures into the hills and heads for Mt. Togakushi, surrounded by beautiful red and gold maple leaves that glitter in the sunlight like tiny flames.
On the road, he meets a beautiful noblewoman holding a maple leaf viewing party(momiji-gari) with her handmaidens, who invite him to join them.
Koremochi accepts their invitation, and at their behest, drinks himself into a deep sleep.
The noblewoman sees her chance and reverts back into her true form as a demon and is about to devour Koremochi when the god Hachiman appears and drives the demon away, leaving Koremochi with a sacred sword to defeat the demon with. Koremochi faces the demon in battle and wins, saving Shinano. 


Tsuchigumo (Earth Spiders)
A Story About the Beginnings of a Unified Japan
Tsuchigumo (Earth Spiders)
About 1500 years ago, powerful family clan leaders battled fiercely for control of Japan. Those who were defeated fled deep into the mountains and dug holes into the earth, and were forced to live their lives like nothing more than tsuchigumo(legendary demon spiders of old who lived deep in the earth).
Hundreds of years passed, but the tsuchigumo remain steeped in rage against those in control of the country, and it is that rage which turned them into demons to avenge their long history of humiliation and seize power from the shogun.
Minamoto-no-Raiko, the shogun at the time, was attacked by such a demon. Despite being ill, the shogun is able to drive the demon back into the mountains using a powerful sword that had long been a family heirloom.
Shogun Raiko then entrusts the sword to his retainers and sends them into the mountains to finish the tsuchigumo off for good.
Shogun Minamoto-no-Raiko, suffering from a terrible illness, sends his maid for some medicine. However, the tsuchigumo grows wise to this plan,and disguises himself as his maid, bringing him poison instead of medicine.
Believing it to be medicine, Raiko takes the poison and as it spreads through his body, the tsuchigumo reveals himself to be a demon and attacks the weakened shogun. Raiko uses all of his strength to defend himself with his sword and manages to get a good hit on the demon.
The injured demon flees back to his home in the mountains, however the shogun's retainers are right on his heels with the heirloom sword in hand.
After a fierce battle between the demon and shogun's retainers, the demon is at last defeated.


Once upon a time in the province of Izumo, there lived an elderly couple and their eight daughters. Each year, the fearsome snake demon, Yamata-no-Orochi, would descend from the mountains and devour one of their precious daughters.
After seven years, only one daughter, Kushiinada-hime, remains. The elderly couple, Ashinazuchi and Tenazuchi, fearing for the life of their only remaining daughter,were lamenting their misfortune when Susano-o-no-Mikoto, a powerful god,heard their pleas.
Susano-o hatches a plan to be rid of the snake demon using a barrel of poisoned sake. The plan goes like this: Kushiinada-hime would hide behind the barrel of poisoned sake, casting her reflection into the barrel.
Yamata-no-Orochi then sees the reflection and, thinking it to be the real Kushiinada-hime, would then devour the sake barrel, thus poisoning him so that Susano-o could then strike the final blow.
When the demon appears, everything goes according to plan and Susano-o faces the drunken demon, still powerful despite the poison.
After a fierce battle, Susano-o defeats Yamata-no-Orochi by striking a final blow to the demon's stomach.
From the depths of the demon's belly, a sword appears; this sword would go on to become a national treasure. Susano-o presents the sword to his sister, the all-powerful sun goddess, Amaterasu, and marries Kushiinada-hime. The two live happily ever after in Izumo.