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.
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