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Kemanai Ōdaiko (Kemanai Big Drums)

Location: Kemanai, Towada, Kazuno City
Site(s) of performance: Various places in the community
Date(s): August 21–23
Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi
Kemanai Ōdaiko (Kemanai Big Drums) has been played at the Bon dance of Kemanai, which suggests that it developed as music for the Bon dance. The drum is a large barrel-shaped drum with a diameter of 1.2 meters and a length of 1.5 meters. The music is accompanied by Japanese flutes. It is said that the government of the Nambu Domain had the drums beaten to lift the morale of warriors, which became the origin of the Kemanai Ōdaiko Festival.

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