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Ehime: Niihama Taiko Matsuri

Drum Festival. 54 huge Taiko (literally meaning drums, but these are floats gorgeously adorned with imagined figures of dragons, wild birds and beasts, which are embroidered with gold and silver threads), each are carried by over 150 men who jostle with one another and compete their strength in lifting up Taiko at several sites, so called Kakikurabe, while they parade along the city's main streets beating drums.

Schedule & Key events:
● daily morning-evening

Location: Niihama, Niihama, Ehime

JR Yosan Line to Niihama Sta.

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.