Kokura Gion Festival is a lively event in which participants walk in procession around Kokura while beating taiko drums attached to floats.
It is Kokura’s quintessential summer festival, made famous by the movie “Rickshaw Man.”
During this festival, the streets are filled with the sound of gongs and drums, making Kokura come alive with music.
The taiko drums are played by hitting both sides of the drum, something that is not often seen in other parts of Japan.
By adjusting the way the skin is attached to the front and reverse of the drums, it is possible to achieve different sounds.
Over 100 teams take part in this event, both adults and children, and the most spectacular part of the festival is when groups wearing matching happi coats compete by playing taiko using traditional techniques.
|Address||Around Kokura Castle
Jonai, Kokurakita-ku, Kitakyushu City 801-0813
|Access||Approx. 20-minute walk from JR Kokura Station
Approx. 10-minute walk JR Nishi Kokura Station
|TEL||093-562-3341 (Kokura Gion Daiko Preservation Association Office)|
|Remarks||Held over 3 days, with the middle day falling on the 3rd Saturday of July.|