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tot-sized taiko 子供達と太鼓 (asakusa, tokyo)

Posted by
timothy sullivan (Tokyo, Japan) on 19 May 2008 in Lifestyle & Culture.

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.

NIKON D300 1/13 second F/29.0 ISO 400 135 mm

NIKON D300
1/13 second
F/29.0
ISO 400
135 mm

festival
kids
tokyo
drum
taiko
東京
三社祭
mikoshi
神輿
子供
太鼓