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Yoyogi Hachimangu Taiko Drummers

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on October 1, 2014

One thing you will almost always find at a traditional Japanese festival is the taiko troupe. Taiko drummers are used at most festivals to entertain or cheer the omikoshi carriers on. Sometimes at the shrine itself, near it, or somewhere along the route. I once visited a festival where they used the taiko drummers to calm the excited omikoshi crews down a little bit. Here at the Yoyogi Hachimangu festival which took place last week in Tokyo’s Shibuya ward there was a short performance to mark the half time of the omikoshi circuit around the parish. Taiko drummers are impossible to record correctly, the only way to experience it is to actually be there, and feel the drums in your body!



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  1. Rameez's World of Pictures said, on October 1, 2014 at 7:35 am

    Really good snaps,Keep blogging !


  2. melsenpai said, on October 7, 2014 at 12:32 am

    It’s great to see different types of Taiko drummers. My mom also participates in a small local Taiko group in our city and she loves it! ❤


    • tokyobling said, on October 7, 2014 at 1:29 am

      Hi Mel! I think it is a great activity for any age groups! I have seen people from 3 to 100 perform it! (^-^)

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  3. rudyhou said, on October 14, 2014 at 8:40 am

    i have yet to experience a live Taiko drum performance. something that i really would like to have the chance to do, instead of just watching it on youtube.


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