Kannushi-and-Miko -- The chief priest of a shrine is called the Kannushi. He is responsible for all the religious observances and the running of the shrine. The young girl assistants in a shrine are called Miko.
the white heron (shirasagi) dance is one thousand years old. the white faces of the dancers signify innocence, purity and gentleness. the white heron (shirasagi) dancer at senso-ji temple, tokyo, japan