most matsuri (festivals) utilize different kinds of drums and whistles to maintain a steady pace, and really inject an amazing energy into the festival itself.
when the "adult-sized" drums are beaten, you feel the sound resonating deeply within you, somewhere around your stomach. it's kind of ticklish. the child-sized drums aren't quite as powerful, but the children are allowed to climb over the supporting structure for the drums-- a really tender sight. the toddlers are especially fun to watch: at first, they seem to not wholly comprehend that their tiny arms are capable of compelling the giant sound from the drum; but when they link the two actions together, they refuse to stop striking the drums.