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Name
Gojinjo Drumming
Address
Nafune-machi, Wajima City
Category
Festival
Class
Custom
Age
11th century~16th century
Designation
Ishikawa Prefecture Intangible Folk Cultural Asset (July 1963)
Comment
Gojinjo drums are played at the Nafune Festival of Hakusan Shrine during the period from July 31 through August 1. The drums are played on the float that guides the portable shrines during their return to Okitsuhime Shrine on Hegura Island. “Gojinjo” refers to the Shinto ritual for travels of deities. The drummers wear strange demon, ghost, goblin or Bodhidharma masks, and are accompanied by base drums. They finish their performance by playing wildly while jumping around the drum. The drumming has a characteristic rhythm with three types of accent, and the players strike poses freely while playing the drum. This is a typical drumming style of the northern Noto area, and has been designated as an Intangible Folk Cultural Asset by Ishikawa Prefecture. Legend has it that in 1578, when the army of the lord of Echigo, Kenshin Uesugi, attacked Noto, it was driven away by masked fishermen of Nafune Village beating their drums.
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