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Flirt with Wadaiko Taiko Drums

19 Jul

Taiko (太鼓) or Wadaiko (和太鼓) means “drum/wide drum” in Japanese and the taiko drumming ensemble is known as Kumi-daiko (組太鼓)

I was blown away with Tao Drum – Samurai of the Drum performance at the Palms@Crown.

A lil’ info on the Tao Drum troupe:

  • they were formed 16 years ago, with a 10 year plan on establishing themselves
  • the troupe is divided to Tao Red and Tao Yellow
  • Tao’s homegrown is Aso-Kuju National Park (that’s where they lived, trained, performed. Accommodation with full facilities such as halls, sauna, spa, theater, gym etc.)

Morning on the Handa Plateau, Aso-Kuju National Park. Good place to focus and practice.

Tao Red and Tao Yellow

The group that performed at the Palms was Tao Red as a recognized some familiar faces:

Arisa Nishi - the hot chick who plays the biggest drum

Maki Morifuji - the super hyper lion head

Takuya Era - the one who can really swing that stick :p

My seat at the Palms. Quite a good view for last row seats




















































































No pictures allowed during performance but here are some pics from the Tao Drum Gallery

The humorous part where they tease each other

It's not only about hitting the drums, it's got body movements too

Drums and Flutes

My hyper lion head chick!!

Because they looked like they’re having so much fun, I wanna try it too. Before I start Googling, I found this in my bookmarks

Can’t remember why I bookmarked this last year but.. .yay!!

Contacted the instructor, Toshi Sakamoto and he asked me to come for the basic class  (right timing, they were about to start the new term). I figure I could go for the Beginners class instead, since I’ve did drumming and percussion before (as long as its not constantly hitting the  downbeats like triple cello parts in Steelpan >.< ….that still haunts me……) and plus I do play Taiko Drum Master (hwa hwa hwa)

Taiko Drum Master

Reached there early and got so excited when I hear the drums going on. The people in Abbortsford must be cursing these drums. I walked around the neighbourhood and I can still hear it a block a way.. its so LOUDDDDD (I guess that’s just how it is, Taiko Drums were meant to motivate military troops during war)

My Taiko Drum sticks

Taiko drumming isn’t just about hitting the drums. Its also about the pose, body movements making it all a great work out!!!

one hand hits the drum while the other make a circle while keeping your knees bend

Move 1: X across your chest

Move 2: Throw hands to the sides

Move 3: swing your right stick *swish*

These moves were part of the Umai, which generally have more spirited movements based on the rhythm. We had a brief session on Hachijodaiko, with two person hitting the drums at both sides and the rest of us following them, like a call and response.

Hachijodaiko (we had a much bigger drum)

Looking forward to my classes 🙂

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Flirt with teach yourself Japanese

4 Jul

Cute hiragana chart

Because I’m just so awesome! Here are the links to download the files.

Teach yourself Japanese: pdf and audio included

teach_yourself_japanese pdf

https://download.yousendit.com/YWhPNU1GaTFCSWRFQlE9PQ (audio disc1 – 7 days only)

https://download.yousendit.com/YWhQNnFBUzhJMHV4dnc9PQ (audio disc2 – 7 days only)

Flirt with Japanese Robin Hood

20 Jun

After 50 gb of downloads, I finally got around to watch ‘Goemon‘. 5 seconds into it and I knew it was my kind of movie 🙂


Like Robin Hood, Ishikawa Goemon was a legendary bandit hero who stole gold and valuables and gave them to the poor.

Goemon used to be a Shinobi that was trained by another legendary hero,  Hattori Hanzo. Sounds familiar?

i can tell you with no ego, this is my finest sword. If on your journey, you should encounter God, God will be cut.

Hattori Hanzo made an appearance in Tarantino’s Kill Bill 2 as a sword maker who has retired to be a sushi chef. Despite taking an oath to never make another sword, The Bride managed to convince him into making another for her to kill Bill.

According to the ‘legend’, Goemon was known for being boiled alive after a failed attempt on murdering the warlord Hideyoshi. However, the movie shows that Saizo (another Shinobi and Goemon’s friend) pretended to be Goemon and died in his place.

The "Goemon-buro" ("Goemon bath")

"Lookin' a lil pale there, pal"

Jun Kaname as Mitsunari.. oh so evil and hawttttt >.<

What’s interesting about Goemon movie is that it’s based on feudal period of Nobunaga and Hideyoshi with a touch of modernistic bit with its random dancing.

Random dancers entertaining Goemon

Similar to A Knight's Tale?

Some line dancing

Like Kung Fu Hustle's random axe-holding line dance

or maybe some Beyonce's break-it-down moves!!

Another interesting and very important bit about it is the amazing COSTUMES! The costumer designer is Australia’s very own Tina Kalivas and was nominated for Best Costume Designer at the Asian Film Awards.

Origami-ish.. Love it!!!

Tina Kalivas' sketch

Veil for her wedding gown

Tina Kalivas herself

A peak into Tina Kaliva's S/S collection this September

Collection inspired by the culture and beliefs of the Native Americans

Also known as the Totem Collection

Tina Kaliva's Neoplasticism-inspired collection

No wonder they got her to do Goemon, its so Yohji!

Patchwork floaty halter neck dress

The black halter neck dress is currently on sale (60% off!!) at Beloved … Think I’m might get it 😛