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Taiko BoomJapanese Drumming in Place and Motion$
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Shawn Bender

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520272415

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520272415.001.0001

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Placing Ensemble Taiko in Japan

Placing Ensemble Taiko in Japan

Festival Creation and the Taiko Boom

(p.105) Four Placing Ensemble Taiko in Japan
Taiko Boom

Shawn Bender

University of California Press

This chapter examines the close relationship between governmental support for community festivity and the spread of ensemble taiko groups throughout Japan. It describes three important factors that have contributed to the proliferation of taiko ensembles: the increasingly democratic nature of participation in community festivals in Japan, the decline in vitality of older shrine-based festivals, and the creation of new community festivals by local governments intent on enlivening community life. The chapter builds on the insights of an anthropological literature that has detailed changes in the patterns of local festival performance throughout Japan, but it challenges the notion that new festivals represent only the failed imitation of older, “authentic” festivals based in religious celebration. Rather, new patterns of festivity reflect new patterns of community organization within the context of global–local place making.

Keywords:   matsuri, community festivals, local governmental support, religious celebration, local festival performances, community organization, global–local place

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