Matsumoto Taiko Festival

Taiko means great or wide-drum – and aptly describes the annual Matsumoto Taiko Matsuri (Drum Festival) held with an exquisite backdrop of Matsumoto Castle and the Japan Alps.

The stage was large, the drums large, the troupes varying from 5 or so, to 25 or 30 performers. The 1,000 or so spectators grouped together in an intimate space, some on blankets, most on folding stools. To see that day change from bright blue sky behind the Castle, to darkness illuminated by the stage lights, was extraordinary.

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The energy of the drummers is amazing, and the thumping sounds vibrate through the air, ground and body. In addition to the photos here, check out a short video from the 2011 event.

Being a social marketer from way back, I willingly answered a few questions from eager an Matsumoto Tourist Office volunteer ~ and was rewarded with a great Taiko Matsuri t-shirt, and well as a bandana. Cherished momentos of a great night.

Matsumoto is just 2 hours from Tokyo. The City itself is a delight to visit in any season, with culture, arts and history all within walking distance of the City centre. A highlight is the Matsumoto castle, which is listed as a National Treasure of Japan. Take advantage of the volunteer guides to take you through a personal tour of the 6 levels of the Castle, and its surrounds.

Sunday 31st July, 2011


About TonyJ2

I live in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. I started writing stories about my trips to Japan largely to be able to print them out for my Mum to read. Now it has got a bit out of control. After nine trips, 100+ posts and another 200 in rough draft, my irregular postings on Having a Ball in Japan will go on for a few years yet. Having a Ball in Japan is not just a bunch of travel photos, and picks up my interests in the history and culture of Japan, emergency services and disaster management, as well as hours travelling by railways big, small and tiny. Awareness to Action takes the emergency services and disaster management theme deeper into experience and resilience. Effectively Awareness to Action is my professional blog. My partner and I have been lucky enough to do a fair bit of travel both in Australia and overseas. Escaping the Nest chronicles our times in United States, France, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy and soon to be Ireland. Tony
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One Response to Matsumoto Taiko Festival

  1. Vividhunter says:

    Sounds like a great night with some awesome souvenirs. I really enjoy visiting Matsumoto, especially the castle.


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