Happy New Year

January 1, 2020

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

New Year’s Greeting from Kodo Ensemble Leader
Yuichiro Funabashi

I wish you all a joyous new year.

I’m sure last year was a difficult one for everyone due to the effects of COVID-19.
For Kodo, the harsh circumstances caused by the pandemic are ongoing. While we were able to resume our touring in Japan, with meticulous measures in place to prevent the virus from spreading, we were forced to put our international tours and other plans on hold until the global pandemic situation improves.

It’s been a very challenging situation, which has led Kodo to search for a range of forms of expression. We have developed the strength to tackle new challenges and rediscovered the charms of Sado Island, the power of taiko, and the joy of being able to perform in front of audiences. Throughout the past unprecedented year, we received aid and encouragement from many people. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all of you for cheering us on.

This year, it’s Kodo’s 40th anniversary. Our history is a force that keeps us together and drives us forward. We will strive harness the power of the past four decades, using it to share the resounding sound of taiko from our home, Sado Island, for the next fifty years, century, and beyond.
I pray that the COVID-19 pandemic will end very soon, and that 2021 will be a great year for all of you.

I kindly ask for your ongoing guidance and encouragement throughout the year ahead.

Yuichiro Funabashi
Kodo Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble