Furukawa Festival 古川祭 - Okoshi Daiko

While the festival floats are meant to represent the calmness and stillness of Furukawa, the Okoshi Daiko represents the motion and energy.

In the evening, on April 19th, the men of the local neighbors gather together in the festival square wearing only a white cloth wrapped around their bodies. They beat on their neighborhood's drum, climb to the top of the pole attached to it, and suspend their bodies to display their support for their neighborhood as the best.

The Okoshi Daiko is a massive drum carried by the neighborhood's men. Thousands of residents led the parade through the streets of Furukawa holding lanterns and lighting the way for the Okoshi Daiko. The Daiko continues to thunder through the neighborhoods and the hundreds of drunk men behind continue to yell and scream.


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