Practice of Festival Music
On the upper floor of danjiri, festival music is played on gongs and drums by children, and on flutes by adults. During the Ueno Tenjin Festival, there is also one danjiri that features five different instruments, including the shamisen and small hand drums that are used in kabuki performances. About a month before the festival, children start rehearsing for festival music together in the neighborhoods that have their own danjiri. In the past they were mostly the eldest sons in these neighborhoods but with the declining number of children, girls and children from other neighborhoods also participate in the performance to support the tradition of the festival.