The sound of drumming was everywhere at EC. Most performances centered on percussion, and eight of the 16 workshops taught either how to play or dance to some of Japan’s regional drumming styles, often finishing in the streets, matsuri-style. And the most prominent items for sale in the festival’s flea market? You guessed it: all manner of items to be struck, slapped or shaken.
Drumbeats also resonated throughout the day at Ogi’s Kisaki Shrine, home to most of the free “fringe” performances, including those by a flamenco guitarist, belly dancers, Hawaiian hula dancers and a “didgeree-duo.” The shrine’s woodwork looked old and weathered, like it would crumble if you touched it, but that didn’t deter numerous taiko groups from rattling its timbers.
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