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Held only once every 5 years, the Ibuki-yama Taiko Drum Dance was held on Oct. 3, 2010 in Ueno, a small neighborhood at the foot of Mt. Ibuki.
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The festival started at noon near the Ueno Kaikan Hall (brown building on right). MAP
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The taiko drum procession is headed by this large banner saying, "Ibuki-yama Hono Taiko Odori" which means Ibuki-yama Taiko Drum Offertory Dance.
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The procession consists of various people including these two torch bearers.
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The torch bearers are followed by male flute players.
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Ibuki-yama Taiko Drum Procession in front of Ueno Kaikan Hall.
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The male flue players are followed by female flute players from a local junior high school.
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They spent most of the summer practicing for this festival. They are entirely voluntary.
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Women dancers and taiko drum players.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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At the end of the procession are these little kids waving a wand attached to a gourd.
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These kids are called fukube-furi.
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They head for Sannomiya Shrine only about 120 meters away.
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Sannomiya Shrine at the foot of Mt. Ibuki.
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Steps going up to Sannomiya Shrine.
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The taiko drum procession proceeded very slowly to the shrine.
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Finally, they are in sight of Sannomiya Shrine.
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It took them about 90 min. to reach the shrine.
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They finally reached the shrine steps.
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The procession is met by the shrine priest.
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Greeted and led by the shrine priest, the taiko drum procession starts to enter the shrine grounds.
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The various groups in the procession enter the shrine grounds after going up the steps and pass through the torii gate.
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They started to form a circle and danced.
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The taiko drummers include a good number of grade school boys who practiced hard during the summer for this festival.
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After a while, they sat down and rested while a few speeches were given.
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"Long ago, villagers in Ueno at the foot of Mt. Ibuki prayed for rain by doing the thunder dance by beating drums and bells, lighting torches, etc. After the rainfall and a good harvest in autumn, they danced to give thanks. This is what we are danci
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The mayor of Maibara, holding a microphone, says a few words.
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The dance continues.
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Even the torch bearers danced along.
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Ibukiyama Taiko Odori Dance, Maibara, Shiga.
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Now the fukube-furi kids came out and paraded around in a circle.
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After dancing in a circle, they danced in different formations.
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They also performed while sitting on straw mats.
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Ibukiyama Taiko Odori Dance 2010 video.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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For the finale, they all approached the shrine hall and performed.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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After they finished, they all bowed.
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Words of thanks from a group leader.
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In the end, they had group photo sessions for each group. These are the fukue-furi kids.
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Boy taiko drummers.
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Junior high school flute players.
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Male flute players and dancers.
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Adult taiko drummers.
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Women background singers.
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I also saw this Ibuki-yama Taiko Drum Dance 5 years before. The following photos were taken on Oct. 2, 2005. It was the same as in 2010 except for the performers.
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Shrine grounds where the taiko drum dance is performed
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Sannomiya Shrine, at foot of Mt. Ibuki
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They walk very slowly
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Up the stairs to the shrine grounds
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Pass under the torii
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