Went to the Narita taiko matsuri today! It was an awesome event filled with great music, and loads of energy. There were performances all along Omotesando street that leads to Shinshoji temple. The street kept Reka and I busy with stalls that sell pickles, sweets, yakisoba, and other curious items. We also decided to pay a visit to the temple itself, which is a massive complex with gardens, a small forest, and three lakes. We saw about two pagodas, and even the Fudomyoo, the Buddhist deity associated with the temple.
Outside, the people lines up along streets to watch the grand parade of taiko performers. Each group had their own theme, costume, and distinct rhythm and style. Some were traditional, some were a fusion of East and West, some were contemporary, and there was even a Brazilian team. We filled our senses with the music, sights, and experience of a festival that can only be called extraordinary! What an awesome experience it had been!