“Sayake” is a theme song composed by Kitaro for the Togakushi Festival in the spring of 2021.
The Togakushi Shrine, located in the mountainous region of the Nagano Prefecture, is considered one of Japan’s most sacred locations. For centuries, many worshipers from all parts of the country have traveled to this Shinto shrine to revere this unique power spot.
Every seven years, the Togakushi Shrine hosts its largest festival. The theme for this year’s ceremony is “Sayake,” which observes the return to purity in the face of the current world pandemic. Kitaro, a native to this region, contributed to this sacred ceremony with the creation and performance of this composition.