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Nezu Shrine Festival Taiko Drummers

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on September 28, 2014

Like last year I went to the Nezu Shrine festival, but this time my main goal was to watch the fantastic performance by the Nezu Gongendaiko (根津権現太鼓) taiko drum group. Unfortunately rains kept them from performing for a while so they only gave a short version of their regular performance but it was still great. Taiko drumming is essentially a group effort. Team play is hugely important and also much more interesting to watch. It takes a huge amount of training to become as good as this group, but most schools have taiko groups so there are a lot of people with the potential to move forward. Taiko drumming is also very open to change. Many free groups are experimenting with the style and you never quite know what to expect when watching a performance. The future looks very bright for Taiko drumming!









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  1. Cathryn said, on September 28, 2014 at 5:10 am

    This looks amazing and VERY therapeutic! Must take out a lot of stress!


    • tokyobling said, on September 29, 2014 at 12:29 am

      I can imagine! If I wasn’t so non-musical I would like to give it a go! (^-^;)


  2. Tony Cottrell Photography said, on September 29, 2014 at 2:46 am

    Wow! That must have been cool to listen to and also photograph!


  3. Timi said, on October 5, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    Girls have a very different atmosphere around the drums, really cheerful girls with lot of energy! Love the shots 🙂


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