Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集

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Text Dance of the ninjô, the conductor of the kagura orchestra. During the Heian period, the Konoe-toneri (head of the imperial guard) performed this function. As the master of ceremonies, the ninjô plays an important role in kagura, in the burning of the niwabi fire, tuning of instruments, and assembling of musicians. As he dances, the ninjô holds in his hand a branch of sacred evergreen to which is attached a ring called a wamuchi.