お久しぶり！(Ohisashiburi!) Well, it’s certainly been a while since I have blogged with Ganbare Japanese. I apologize for my unintentional hiatus. Sometimes the days just get away from me and the next I know, it’s a new year!
ANYWAY, if any of you East Coast readers have some free time in the coming days, then I definitely recommend checking out a performance by world-renowned taiko (Japanese drumming) group, KODO. KODO is a taiko group that I have long admired for their organization and precision.
image courtesy of KODO
I have seen KODO in concert about a dozen times and actually visited Sado Island (located in Japan’s Niigata prefecture in the Sea of Japan) last summer to learn taiko from KODO members and apprentices. I liked KODO before this experience, but after all was said and done in Japan, I love KODO and have a newfound appreciation for them.
Get a ticket and go to a KODO concert in the coming days. I promise you will not regret it! . They are wrapping up their 2-month-long US tour and won’t be back on tour in the States till early 2015. A few of my friends will be performing onstage, so please clap and cheer loudly for them!
Check out the remaining tour dates HERE
They will also be touring Japan in May and June and I highly recommend going to a KODO concert if you are in Japan–that’s something that is definitely on my bucket list! It seems KODO is more popular outside of Japan…I hope those of you living in Japan can appreciate their talent, too… they are definitely my all-time favorite taiko troupe forever and ever!