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Gojinjo-daiko (御陣乗太鼓) is a Japanese drum which has been selected as part of Wajima City’s cultural heritage (1961) and an Ishikawa Prefecture’s intangible cultural heritage (1963).[1][2]

Playing gojinjo-daiko is strictly restricted to residents of Nafune, a small village in Wajima City, where only 250 people live, making it very rare to see a live drum performance.[3]


The origin of the gojinjo-daiko dates back to 1577 when the general, Uesugi Kenshin invaded Noto, Ishikawa. Because local people of the area had no single weapon, they resisted by beating war drums and wore ferocious looking devil masks with seaweed on their heads in a bid to scare off their enemies. The low sound of drums associated with the rumbling of the earth and caused Uesugi Kenshin and his soldiers to retreat.[4][5][6]


  1. ^ "Noto's Satoyama and Satoumi Gallary". Noto Regional GIAHS Executive Committee. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  2. ^ "GIAHS appointment". Ishikawa Prefecture. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  3. ^ "Gojinjo Daiko". Gojinjo Daiko of ART. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  4. ^ "att Japan Travel Guide". Finex Co., Ltd. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  5. ^ "att Gojinjo Daiko". Wajima City. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  6. ^ "Nahune Gojinjo Daiko". Ishikawa Prefecture Tourism League. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 

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