Ukichi Takano and Chichibu Shachu

Chichibu Yatai-bayashi

The Chichibu Yomatsuri Festival (Night Festival) is held every year on December 2-3. Chichibu Yatai-bayashi is the musical accompaniment played by performers seated on the lower levels of the floats dragged in the festival. The beats of the shime-daiko as well as larger drums almost seem to control the floats themselves at will. Packed inside a space as small as the bottom of a ship, the energetic playing of the performers serves a vital role in encouraging and aligning the breathing of the people who pull the massive yatai, which weigh as much as twenty tons.

 

Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation 35th Anniversary Project Organizers|Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation / Toshima City /
Tokyo Festival Executive Committee[Toshima City /
Toshima Mirai Cultural Foundation / Festival/Tokyo Executive Committee /
Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture (Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre / Arts Council Tokyo) ]
Support|Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan in fiscal 2020/
Japan Foundation for Regional Art Activities

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