Sakai City , Fukui
|Drum of fire|
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The Hi no Taiko or drum of fire is said to have started when the drums were hit at a Shinto ritual for a safe voyage at Konpira Shrine in the Shiomi area, Mikuni-cho, Sakai City. Because the fire is lit in front of the altar and a prayer is dedicated before the performance begins, it is called the drum of fire.
In the festival for the shrine, the mikoshi or portable shrine is carried by a boat on the Takeda River towards the harbor. During this time, the drum is struck in the boat to dedicate the performance to the gods.
This drum performance has the rare characteristic that the player stands and hits the drum from the left side. This technique is called "Hidariuchi" and is the reverse of the normal playing technique.
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