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Taiko at a Care Home

Again and again I am reminded that joining a taiko group was one of the best choices I’ve made since moving to Japan.  Even if I’m not fully integrated with the members, even if I can’t understand a lot of the jokes and teasing, joining taiko has helped me connect to Japan in ways unlike any of my other activities.   748 more words


Travel Thru' The Lens: Drum Tao Special LIVE

Today is a pretty hectic day and it all started with a rather simple email with a title”Urgent Monitoring Tour! Participants wanted!”  just 2 days prior. 582 more words

Travel Thru' The Lens Series

American Maple, or Japanese Maple?

This time last year, I only had one set of drumsticks–the original set of bachi I’d been given upon signing up for wadaiko. My taiko-sensei wanted us to play the shime-daiko, a small, high-pitched drum, which required a different type than what I had. 616 more words

The magic of enkais

One of my pet peeves is being used for English practice without being asked beforehand.

It’s one thing when I enter a shop and a staff member attempts to speak English to me–that’s someone who is just trying to do their job and make our transaction go as smoothly as possible. 1,186 more words

Heiwa Taiko (20160925)

I love the human element of a photograph, where communication takes place between two or more people; they are being who they are and that is what comes through.   67 more words

60th Awa Odori festival rocks Koenji

Every year since 1957, Awa Odori, aka ‘dance of the drunkards’ or ‘dance of the fools’, takes the streets of Koenji by the metaphoric storm during the last week-end of August, sometimes coincidating with a real typhoon proclaiming loud and clear the end of a balmy summer. 437 more words