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Earth Celebration Festival (Aug)


Since 1988, the Kodo  Drummers of Sado Island have hosted the Earth Celebration International Music Festival, which brings music enthusiasts from all over the world to their headquarters. The group also tour extensively throughout Japan and internationally. The group own 25 acres of thickly-forested land on the Ogi peninsula in the southern part of Sado Island.

The Earth Celebration is an annual music festival held to celebrate global culture hosted by the Kodo drummers. The three day event is held every year in mid to late August in Ogi Town. Thousands of people come from all over Japan and the world to enjoy the festival's many events, including workshops and fringe performances during the day and the main concerts in the evenings. The main attraction of the Earth Celebration are its three main concerts, one held each night of the festival at the Shiroyama Park. The first night's concert features the Kodo taiko drummers, while the second night's concert features the guest artists. The third night is a collaboration featuring both Kodo and guest artists. The festival program also features various workshops, such as taiko drum and Japanese flute making, taiko drumming, and traditional Sado dance by experts such as Kodo and Asano Daiko. Guided tours of the village (including one in English) are held on the last day of the festival.

As accommodation is limited please contact us as soon as possible if you wish to attend.

In 2013 the Earth Celebration International Music Festival will take place from August 23rd to 25th.

The Earth Celebration centres around Ogi town which can be accessed by bus from most areas of the Island. Sado Island is of the coast of Niigata prefecture in the Sea of Japan. The Island can be accessed by ferry (2h30mins) or jet foil (1 hr) from Niigata.

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