Niihama Taiko Matsuri (Niihama Drum Festival) is an autumn festival held throughout Niihama-shi, Ehime in October every year. It is known as one of the three major festivals of Shikoku Region with Awa-Odori Festival of Tokushima, and Yosakoi Matsuri Festival of Kochi. It is the brave and energetic festival which shoulders the gorgeous Mikoshi type float called Taikodai, and parades.
It is also called the alias “man Festival.”
Taikodai is formerly called Mikoshi-Taiko, and it is a very huge thing of 5.5 meters in height, 12 meters in length, approximately 3 ton in weight.
The gorgeous embroidery such as a dragon or the tiger is given with gold thread, and the body is magnificent.
In the festival, plural Taikodai gather in one place and compete for the skill. Taikodai is raised at the exquisite signal of a drum. Furthermore, the carriers of Taikodai stretch out both hands called “Sashi Age” and compete for the skill to lift it overhead. They compete for the beauty of the shaking condition of the fringe of Taikodai.
Niihama Taiko Matsuri is a festival which has constant quarrel, so that it is called “Fight Festival”
Originally, since it is a festival which vies in technique and force, it will become the ego battle if heat goes into a contest of strength too much.
Especially, if the Taikodai bump their heads together on a narrow way, there will be a violent crush since they take the wall of them.
Niihama Taiko Matsuri is a festival in which the feelings of competition of the area are very strong.
Please come to watch the heroic and powerful dynamic Niihama Taiko Matsuri by all means.
|Name:||Niihama Taiko Matsuri (Niihama Drum Festival)|
|Address:||Ikkucho 1-3-1 Niihama, Ehime 792-0025 Japan|
|Access:||JR Yosan-sen Line “Niihama-eki” station (10 minutes by car)|
|Tel:||(+81)897-65-1234 (Niihama-shi Tourism Office)|