According to the complete collection of folk songs from Fukushima Prefecture, “Aizu Bandaisan” was generally composed by craftsmen from Gogahama, Echigo (currently Nishikanbara District, Niigata Prefecture) around the beginning of the Meiji era. It is said that it is based on the song “Gokahama lively dance” that people sang and danced when they visited the island. At that time, the song was simply called the “Lantern Festival dance song” and the dance was called the “Kansho dance.” This word means “a state of becoming enthusiastic” in the dialect of the Aizu region.

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