Composer: A series of traditional Japanese festival rhythms.
Composition date: A timeless classic.
License: Our shared Taiko heritage.


Matsuri as we play it today is Taiko most at home at festivals — Matsuri literally means festival. The Matsuri percussion phrase familiar in North America though shows-up in Japanese dance, at Obon, and as part of Shinto festival music. In Japan, every village has its own “Matsuri.”

Don Don Don kara kaka, Don Don (su), Don Don kara kaka…

…is a phrase recognized as the beginning, but it’s also the heart of the thing. What happens in between is moved by the spirit of the moment it is played, or traditions from the region in which it lives. In this post are collected a variety of “Matsuri” expression examples.


Scores, notes, and audio files to help learn this piece.

“Matsuri” Jiuchi (Ji): From “Matsuri Daiko.” Commonly played on shimedaiko, taiko, and atarigane.

Matsuri Kuchi Shoga (Shime): TEN_teke ten Ten  TEN_teke ten Ten…
Sticking: R_rl r L   R_rl r L…

Matsuri-Too (Matsuri Yi): A Matsuri-based song. PDF score, midi file, and mp3 can be found in the Taiko Jinsei Audio Pool

Matsuri-DYI: A Matsuri Worksheet with audio track and midi file to help you write your own!

mp3 File:
Midi File: Matsuri-DYI.midi
PDF Worksheet: Matsuri-DYI.pdf


Traditional Matsuri performances…

Do you have a video of traditional Matsuri performances from Japan? Let us know!

Videos playing with Matsuri phrases and improv…

Matsuri Crashers Battle Structures

Eastern Taiko Conference 2012 – Matsuri Battle

Matsuri Battle • 405 • David and Jason vs Maz and Kris

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