On November 3, it was Culture Day, a national holiday which relieved us from work. I was excited to just relax and catch up on sleep, studying and the like. These plans were thwarted by Makita Sensei inviting me out to see a taiko and shamisen performance out in the city. I was happy to fill my day with something a little more meaningful, so we set off around lunch. The place we were going was a pretty nice hall, and the performance was youths aged elementary to high school. A couple of the songs would be accompanied by the shamisen, which is a traditional lute-like instrument with three strings. I had inquired about them to Makita earlier, so she thought I might enjoy the concert.
12 drummers drumming.
Here was a snippet of the drumming, which I thought was pretty good. I know I don’t really practice much, or do anything to further my own taiko abilities, but it was still a tad disheartening to see kids so much better than me.
These were the shamisen players. There were one or two songs where they played solo like this. I think that they have a very nice, very distinctively Japanese sound. I liked to just sit back and enjoy these performances.
It was overall a really nice afternoon out, and wrapped up with a late lunch/early dinner at a nice cafe. It was a better afternoon that I could have done on my own I’m sure.