Great East Japan Earthquake Commemoration Concert, United Nations, NY
I first saw taiko, a special form of Japanese drumming that has become an international sensation, in Okayama City around 2001. The group’s name was Kodo, and they are famous not only for their fantastic drumming but also for their incredible athleticism. My friends told me that they first became famous when they all ran a marathon together…and then performed that night. Amazing!
And yeah, the guys were great but the women even more impressive. It’s time to take a look at taiko’s impact–and especially the women who drive it–around the world.
Cobu Taiko doing some kind of taiko/punk combo…
…and then making everybody see red!
Clearly taiko doesn’t have to be steeped in tradition to be awesome. The women of Cobu Taiko have their own unique take on things, performing in up-to-date wardrobes and dancing with an energy that is less contained than I usually imagine taiko. Fine by me, ladies.
…at an event in Brighton, England
Taiko requires tremendous strength, as well. The woman above seems to have arms like T2’s Linda Hamilton, so I think she can handle it. If you ever see a live performance, count how many times they take breaks–you won’t need all your fingers.