DADAN x Hiroshi Michael
Hiroshima’s superstar Hiroshi Michael (Hiroshi-maikeru) is the official character of television broadcaster TSS (Television Shin Hiroshima System).
He is a positive guy.At first glance, you might think he is intense and somewhat gaudy, but I heard that his bold, unwavering presence gives energy and courage to the TSS viewers.
His favorite saying is “Hiroshima Ikeru!,” which means “Hiroshima can do it!”
His character is easy to understand and interesting, which are both traits that we strive to achieve with our intense “DADAN” performance.
As you know, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
Visiting Hiroshima, I was reminded of the value of peace and the joy of living in the world today.
As long as I am alive, I want to keep the fire within my soul burning brightly.
I want to share that fire on stage!
We received a pumpkin cake for Halloween.
“DADAN 2017” Japan Tour
On August 30, 2017, Niigata Prefecture Deputy Governor Mr. Hiroshi Masuda visited us at Sado Island Taiko Centre.
Tomohiro Mitome welcomed Deputy Governor Masuda with a performance on our “au naturel” Kodo-crafted taiko, Yamaimo-kun (a.k.a. Spuddy), and then we invited our special guest to have a go playing the big drum.
When we talked to the deputy governor about the “EXADON” programme, which combines taiko drumming with healthcare to help prevent the onset of dementia in senior citizens, he remarked, “I think that will make everyone feel well.” Deputy Governor Masuda took a look through the Rokusuke Ei exhibition upstairs and he was enthusiastic to hear our staff tell him all about it. We look forward to seeing him again and we hope he will bring his family with him next time.
Sado Island Taiko Centre (Tatakokan)
Kodo is based in Ogi on Sado Island. On Aug. 26, the town of Ogi held its annual festival.
The Kodo Group came together to take part in the festival. We spent the day showing our appreciation to the people of Ogi by hauling our cart from door to door to play taiko for everyone.
Thank you for everything, Ogi!
After the festival, it’s time for us to head back out on tour again.
My next destination is Hakataza Theater in Fukuoka for “Yugen”!
Tamasaburo Bando x Kodo Special Performance “Yugen” (Japan)
We thoroughly enjoyed “Earth Celebration 2017” thanks to great people and good weather. Thank you very much to everyone who came along! I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you.
The photo below was taken at the “Living, Learning, Creating” exhibition that Kodo’s Yosuke Kusa curated at EC 2017. My handmade drumsticks were part of the display.
The three pairs of bachi (drumsticks) from the left side of the photo (o-daiko bachi, shime-daiko bachi, Yatai-bayashi bachi) are all my handiwork. Further along to the right are bachi made by Kodo’s Tomohiro Mitome, Yuichiro Funabashi, and Kenta Nakagome. Everyone who came to this exhibition was allowed to pick up the bachi. I wonder what they felt when they gripped our handmade drumsticks in their own hands.
Here’s a picture taken at the entrance to the exhibition at Tennanso, where everyone was greeted by cheerful volunteer Shiho Takano. Tennanso is directly opposite Shiho’s family’s liquor store, Takano-ya.
Today I also want to let you know about my upcoming “Body & Soul Workshop” series, which will be held this weekend on Sep. 2 (Sat) & 3 (Sun) at Taiko no Sato Kyowakan in Tokyo’s Meguro Ward.
- Sep. 2 (Sat) 15:30–17:30 Body & Soul: O-daiko Workshop
- Sep. 3 (Sun) 11:00–13:00 Body & Soul: Onikenbai Workshop
- Sep. 3 (Sun) 14:30–16:30 Body & Soul: Wachi Daiko Workshop
Inquiries & Reservations: Taiko no Sato Kyowakan Tel. 03-3714-2774 (Hours: 11:00–17:30)
Also, on Sep. 4 (Mon) I will lead an “O-daiko Workshop” from 19:00–20:30 at Asano Taiko’s Shinkyokan in Hakusan, Ishikawa.
Inquiries & Reservations: Asano Taiko Tel. 076-277-1717
I look forward to seeing you this weekend at my workshops in Tokyo and Ishikawa!