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The biggest taiko drum festival in the Kanto region is held annually in April. Various taiko drum troupes perform for two full days on various outdoor stages in Narita, including the main stage in front of the Narita-san temple.
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Several groups perform along the main road on the east side of JR Shinjuku Station. This is in front of Isetan Dept. Store.
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A large crowd watches as the crowd-pleasing drummers bring a bit of Okinawa to central Tokyo.
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Many women drummers also perform. Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri, Tokyo
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Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri, Tokyo
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Hand drum
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Infectious Okinawan beat. Shinjuku Eisa Matsuri, Tokyo
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Main stage at Narita-san temple.
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Dancing in front of JR Shinjuku Station, East side
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Main stage at Narita-san temple.On Saturday evening, the festival climaxes with a free show on the main stage. The best taiko troupes from Japan and overseas performed for 2 hours.
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Smoking dragon dance
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Drum troupe from S. Korea
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Very popular festival and well-worth seeing.
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Also see the video at YouTube.
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Taiko troupe from OkinawaThis group stole the show with a dragon dance, lion dogs, and eisa taiko drummers.
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Last group
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Moyo-oshi Daiko. Also see my video at YouTube. 催太鼓
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A huge number of taiko drummers perform near the finish line. This taiko group is called Kodaijin. 鼓代神 Web site at www.geocities.jp/kodaijin_kdj/
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Also see their awesome performance with my video at YouTube.
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Taiko drummers near the finish line.
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Taiko drummers near the finish line.
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Check out the little girl too. She was good.
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Ganbare!
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By 3:30 pm, the stream of runners became walkers.
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About the Asahi Honen Taiko Odori. It originated in the latter 7th century in Ohara village when they started to cultivate new farming land. It was a rainmaking dance. Now held in Oct. in Maibara.
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The Asahi Honen Taiko Odori start walking from the Asahi neighborhood near Hachiman Shrine.
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With Mt. Ibuki in the background, the Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dance troupe head for Hachiman Shrine.
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Asahi is the name of the village, and Honen means rich harvest.
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Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dancers.
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Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dancers and Mt. Ibuki in Maibara, Shiga.
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The Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dancers arrive at Hachiman Shrine.
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The Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dancers at Hachiman Shrine on a beautiful, sunny day on Oct. 4, 2009.
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First they danced in two columns in the center.
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The Asahi Honen Taiko Odori is a National Intangible Folk Cultural Property.
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They later danced in a circle.
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Asahi Honen Taiko Odori dance in Maibara, Shiga.
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Note that this taiko dance will be canceled if it rains.
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Taiko drummers.
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Local taiko drummers also performed.
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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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