夢幻の会の太鼓発表会 – Mugen No Kai Taiko Performance

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.

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