Kokura Gion Daiko
Kokura Gion Daiko
Kokura Gion Daiko
Kokura Gion Daiko
 
 
 

Kokura Gion Daiko (Japanese Drums, also called ‘Taiko’) Festival
Friday to Sunday in mid-July

Once the gloomy rains of Japan’s rainy season have passed, the castle town of Kokura is filled with the sounds of ‘Taiko’ drumming! People walk the city streets pulling a float while beating the drums in its style.

The drummers pray for peace on earth, the continued safety of Japan, abundant crops, prosperity in business, and the safety of their families as the drums reverberate.

It is one of the popular Gion Festivals in Japan and was originally called simply ‘Gion Festival’ and become the biggest events of Yasaka shrine in Kokura city, which is related the famous Yasaka shrine in Kyoto, then ‘Taiko’ became one of the symbols of this festival around 1660, so now it’s been called ‘Kokura Gion Daiko’ Festival.

Date in 2018: 20th – 22nd July

Schedule: TBA at the official website http://kokuragiondaiko.jp/

Friday, the 20th ‘Goshinko 御神幸’

The enshrined deity of Yasaka shrine, Susano no Mikoto depart from Yasaka shrine to Muro-machi & Uo-machi.
19:00 ~ ‘Yoi (Evening) Gion 宵祇園’
Lively ‘Taiko’ procession go around the castle area to Uomachi-Gintengai Arcade 魚町銀天街

Saturday, the 21st ‘Gokanko 御還幸’

The enshrined deity back to Yasaka shrine with sounds of ‘Taiko’
15:00 Taiko competition 競演大会 at Kokura Castle Otemon-mae-hiroba 大手門前広場
Team competition of ‘Taiko’ which is attached with float. The category of team is divided into ‘adult drummers based on neighborhood associations’, ‘drummers based on companies, schools and clubs’ and ‘children drummers neighborhood association’.

Sunday, the 22nd – Uchi-osame 打ち納め (The finale of drumming)

11:00 ‘Sue-Taiko’ competition 据え太鼓競演会 at Kokura Castle Otemon-mae-hiroba
To compete skills and originalities of drumming with two ‘Sue (set in ground) Taiko’ with not single drummer but few drummers
18:30 Mawari Gion 廻り祇園 (The finale of the festival) at Komoniji Avenue 小文字通り
On the 550m-long Komonji Avenue, the parade of about 80 floats, 160 ‘Taiko’ drums and 4,000 people will be held


Place: Kokura Castle area, Kitakyush city
Contact: Tel:093-562-3341 Kokura Gion Daiko Preservation Association Office
Access: 10 min. from JR Nishi Kokura station /15 min. walk from JR Kokura station on foot

Access: 10 min. from JR Nishi Kokura station /15 min. walk from JR Kokura station on foot