Today is the annual day, on which nakayama-daiko 中山太鼓
is happening in the town Ena in Japan. We from tr'ensemble
were happy to be able to practice and celebrate this custom during our joint workshop with Taiko Zürich
, which happened to happen today. It was profound and fun!
On the morning of the festival, the villagers gather in the festival square to welcome the horses, make flower arrangements and decorate the horses with the flowers. The priest and the caretaker of the festival go up the hill to pray. Around 9:00 am of the main ritual, all the groups gather at Mitarai, decorate the horse dedicated to the deity, arrange the procession, and at 10:00 am everyone takes their assigned positions and competes in the uchibayashi performance. After the Shinto ritual at the shrine from midnight to 1:00 am, the six uchibayashi groups make three laps around the shrine grounds in the prescribed order. After completing their rounds, they return to their original positions to perform the kannome ritual and then dissolve naturally.