Matsuri Listing


The following list features matsuri (festivals) in Japan that might be of interest to English-speaking individuals interested in taiko performance. This is not a complete list, as that would be rather difficult to compile. Rather, this list includes matsuri that feature either drumming by itself or drumming as a part of matsuri-bayashi (festival music) that would be interest to someone wanting to learn more about taiko performance.

Right now, this is simply a list organized by month and location; each entry includes the name of the matsuri, its location, and the date(s). However, we are currently working to develop a matsuri database, with individual entries for each festival found in this list. These entries will include relevant links, pictures, video, and more.

This database has been compiled thanks in part to the assistance of Ai Matsuda of the Taiko Community Alliance’s Program Committee, and employees of Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten in Tokyo. Thank you for your assistance!

January

February

March

April

Chiba Prefecture

May

Tokyo

June

Tokyo

July

Chiba Prefecture

Ishikawa Prefecture

  • Nafune Taisai; Nafune, Wajima, Ishikawa

Kyoto

Osaka

Tokyo

August

  • Obon; Throughout Japan; August

Ishikawa Prefecture

Iwate Prefecture

Nagano Prefecture

Niigata Prefecture

Tokushima Prefecture

Tokyo

September

Mie Prefecture

Tokyo

October

November

December

Saitama Prefecture

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