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Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi

Noshiro Yaku-Tanabata

Location: Omachi, Noshiro City (the community that was in charge of the festival in 2011) Site(s) of performance: The area of former Noshiro-Minato-machi, Noshiro City Date(s): August 6 and 7 Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi At Omachi in Noshiro City, drum music is performed at Yaku-Tanabata, a kind of Neburi-Nagashi type of ritual to wash away …

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Nishikigi-Furukawa Ōdaiko (Nishikigi-Furukawa Big Drums)

Location: Nishikigi, Towada, Kazuno City Site(s) of performance: Inari Shrine Date(s): August 7 and 14 Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi This is an ōdaiko (big drum) performance presented at the Suzukizuka Festival and Obon Festival. The drummer holds a big drum with a strap and beats it with a stick in each hand. Usually an assistant …

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Fukumezawa Okuri Bon Ritual

Location: Fukumezawa, Oga City Site(s) of performance: The cemetery and other places in the community Date(s): August 16 Designation: Prefecture-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi Taiko bayashi (drum music) is played at the Bon rituals of Fukumezawa. This Bon ritual was practiced already in the 17th century. The Bon festival is held …

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Yama Daiko

Location: Funakoshi (Oga City) and Tenno (Katagami City) Site(s) of performance: Toko-Yasaka Shrine Date(s): July 6 and 7 Designation: Designation: State-Designated Important Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property (Tōko-Yasaka Shrine’s Tonin Festival) Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi This is one of the drum music performances practiced at the annual festival of Tōko-Yasaka Shrine. The parishioners of the shrine …

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Kawakami Ōdaiko

Location: Shita-Kawara, Kosaka, Kosaka Town Site(s) of performance: Kawakami Location Center Date(s): August 16 Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi Taiko Bayashi (drum music) is often played for Bon dance at Bon festivals, but it is practiced here as Dai-no-saka music. The Kawakami District comprises four communities, namely Noguchi, Nigorikawa, Yoromai, and Sunakozawa, which cooperate to deliver …

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Hanawa Bayashi

Location: Hanawa, Kazuno City Site(s) of performance: Various places in the community Date(s): August 19 and 20Designations: State-Designated Important Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property; UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity as Yama, Hoko, Yatai, float festivals in Japan Category: Taiko-Furyū and Matsuri-Bayashi Hanawa Bayashi (Hanawa Music) is offered at the annual festival of Sakiwai-Inari …

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Tokko Bayashi

Location: Tokko, Hinai-machi, Odate City Site(s) of performance: Hinai-machi Folkloric Dance Tradition Hall Date(s): May 28 on the lunar calendar (annual festival of Dainichi Shrine) [At the time of the survey conducted in fiscal year 2020, it is performed only in the club activities of the local elementary school.] Designation: City-Designated Intangible Folkloric Cultural Property …

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