The Mount Fuji Taiko Festival has been a fixture in the Japanese taiko community for many years. In 2014 it will be held for the 29th time, and since the year 2010 it also includes a High School contest in which the taiko clubs can show their skills and compete with each other.
On the 31st of July in 2011, the taiko club of the Hiryû High School from Numazu in Shizuoka prefecture competed in the contest with an absolutely stunning performance performance. Their performance included, among other instruments, the use of an Ôdaiko, a hira-daiko, several miya-daikos (or nagadô-daikos), okedô-daikos, a fue (bamboo flute) and, most prominently, three shime-daikos.
The performance of the female shime-daiko player in the middle of the group arrangement was particularly stunnning, and it comes as no surprise that the club won the prize for the best performance. Luckily for us, the whole performance was recorded on video.
[Edit: It appears that embedding is disabled, you’ll have to watch it directly on Youtube instead. I apologize.]
As a bonus, here is a video of their follow-up performance at the same festival one year later in 2012.
[Edit: Same as above, embedding is disabled. Please watch it on Youtube instead. I apologize.]:
- Mount Fuji Taiko Festival 富士山太鼓まつり (Japanese)