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Kokura Gion Daiko (小倉祇園太鼓)

 

Kokura Gion Daiko is a summer festivals in which the main attraction

is the playing the drums. In 1958 the event was designated as an 

intangible folk cultural asset of Fukuoka prefecture.
On July 1st the Kokura Gion Taiko Uchizome-shiki (the ceremony to 

inaugurate Taiko practice sessions) is held,and from that moment,Kokura’s exciting summer begins,with each town and company

group striving to perfect its own Taiko performance ahead of the

Festival which is held from Friday of the third weel in July.

A prominent feature of the festival are the dashi (decorated cart)
parades through the town,carrying two drums,one at the front 
of the cart and one at the rear,with four drummers beating the 
Taiko in time to gongs called jangara,and reciting the phrase 
Yassa Yare Yare. 

The highlights of the Festival which you should not miss are the 
Taiko Performing Contest held at Kokura Castle on July 16th; 
and the Taiko Performing Parade held at Komonji-dori street 
on Sunday of the third week in July.

 - Blog, Festivals & Events