Mikawa Manzai in Kota
Mikawa Manzai is believed to have originated in Nishio
about 740 years ago. The second resident priest,
Otsuzenshi, of Jissoji temple learned and brought this
comedic art form back from China and taught it to the
local people. Manzai in Kota dates back to the
beginning of the Meiji Period, when it was performed
mainly in the Kanto District as a Shinto prayer for
peace and security, a bumper crop, and the health and
prosperity of the nation and was performed with the
character of Saizouplaying the comical role and
Nishio-no-tayu assuming the main or straight role.
In 1977, the Kota-cho Mikawa Manzai Preservation
Association was founded and effort has been made in
the preservation and promotion of this traditional
form of entertainment. Manzai programs in Kota
include "Gomonbiraki no Mai," "Goten Manzai,"
"Kazoeuta," "Sankyoku Manzai", as well as others.
In December 1995,Mikawa Manzai was designated as a
National Significant Intangible Folk Cultural Asset
in conjunction with Nishio city and Anjo city.