Sunday, March 12, 2006

Thunderous Japanese drums

Last night the family and I saw San Francisco Taiko Dojo perform at a local community center. Their performance was truly astounding, with booming rhythms that rocked the rafters and enthralled the 300-plus audience. It was the first time I had ever seen a Japanese taiko group perform up close, and I'm hooked: I'm already counting the days until next year's show. (Each year, the Livermore-Yotsukaido Sister City Organization invites the taiko group as the centerpiece of its biggest fundraising event.) If you ever get the chance to see Taiko Dojo (the name literally means "drum studio") or any other taiko group, I highly recommend availing yourself of the opportunity.


S.F. Taiko Dojo will be playing at the Japantown Cherry Blossom Festival on April 22.


Taiko groups can be found all over the United States—in San Jose, Portland, Seattle, Tucson, Denver, St. Louis, Houston, Greenwich, Greenwich, Norwalk, and Albuquerque, among others.




—Mellow Monk


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