Esashi drum battle

Also of note at the Esashi omatsuri, other than the famous shishiodori, was an epic drum battle - floats full of taiko drumming youth attacking one another with sound.  Each float playing separately wasn’t particularly compelling, but when they went head to head, playing different tempos and different parts, it was unexpectedly and wonderfully cacophonous.  Anyone who has attempted to hold together a musical line (especially as an ensemble) while in close proximity to a loud and highly contrasting ensemble will appreciate the concentration involved here.  Beautiful tradition!