Tsuzureko Odaiko, or Big Drums Festival is held in a peaceful rural town of Kita-akita City, Akita Prefecture. The drums rolled in the festival were acknowledged by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s largest drums with a diameter of 3m 71cm. It’s said that the origin of this festival dates back to 700 years ago, and it began as a religious ritual to pray for a rich harvest. Two communities in this village contended with each other over a priority for performing the first dance dedicated to the god of the local shrine. In the 20th century, they came to compete in the size of drums. Today, the size of drums is the world’ largest. The locals have embraced the ancient religious belief that thunder-like sounds of big drums, that show gratitude to gods in heaven, bring about blessing rain in dry weather.
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