I just got back from Moscow. I’ve been there several times before, but it was always at the end of March when it was really cold. On my previous visits, it was cloudy every day and so cold that it was tough to simply go outside. So my impression of Moscow was somewhat heavy, cold, and dull.
But Moscow in October was completely different and this time I was greeted by feel-good autumn sun and breezes.
This time we performed at the Japanese Embassy and Grand Kremlin Palace.
We also led a taiko workshop for students at Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and local taiko players. The workshop was about two hours long and we also joined them for a social gathering.
I felt the local passion towards music and performing arts through the wonderful support of the organizers, the townscape in Moscow in a milder season, and the smiles of the workshop participants who watched us intently.
It was a thoroughly fulfilling week and by the end of it I really liked Moscow. I was already thinking about coming back and seeing everyone again.
Thank you very much to everyone who looked after us on this visit.
I hope the bonds we made will last a very long time.
Oct. 11 (Thu)–13 (Sat), 2018 Russian Performance Tour “Golden Autumn 2018: Russian Agricultural Exhibition” Presented by Russian Ministry of Agriculture *Private performances
Apr. 2, 2018
After nine weeks on the road with “Evolution” throughout Europe, we held our tour finale in Moscow, Russia.
We were so happy to end the tour with an audience of over 2,500 people enthusiastically yelling “Bravo!” after our performance. Thank you very much to everyone who came to see our performances in Europe over the past two months. See you all again in two years, if not before!
Photos courtesy of Mio Teycheney-Takashiro, Production Manager
Mitsuru Ishizuka, Kenta Nakagome, Eri Uchida, Maya Minowa, Shogo Komatsuzaki, Yuta Sumiyoshi, Jun Jidai, Ryoma Tsurumi, Kengo Watanabe, Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga, Hayato Otsuka, Tomoe Miura, Yuta Kimura, Yuki Hirata, Chihiro Watanabe
“Kodo One Earth Tour 2018: Evolution” Europe Tour