Kamui

Power of Gods

The Japanese believe in the power of Gods as their protectors & guides for their day-to-day lives. Kojiki, one of Japan’s oldest documents, states that Japan itself was created by Gods. The most notable of the thousands of Gods are: God of Sea, God of Earth, God of Wind, God of Thunder, God of Mountain, and God of Fire. The people of Japan respect, entertain, and harmonize with the Gods because they know and understand the power of the Gods is infinite and simply great.


Otodama

Spirited Sounds

Through sound we reach out to the Gods. Each sound has a different role and meaning. When sounds, spirits and souls are balanced, they become music to the Gods. Entertain the Gods with nice music and receive their protection.


Fujin / Raijin

God of Wind / God of Thunder

Two Gods, so different in Nature – the God of Wind and the God of Thunder - each with a mind of its own, compete in trying to create a storm independently of the other one…
Until they realize that only through harmony and collaboration can the perfect storm be unleashed.


Amaterasu

God of the Sun

During the rise of Japan, fights broke out amongst the Gods. Disappointed in the fighting, Amaterasu hid behind a rock, hoping the world would stop fighting. Although the fighting stopped, without the sun, evil spirits started scaring people. The people created a plan to bring Amaterasu out from behind the rock; they believed if Amaterasu heard cheerful & joyful noise, she would get curious and peek out to see what was going on and so they would get their Sun back.


Eden Bayashi

Celebration of Immigrants

A song dedicated to immigrants who came to the New World, with all their hopes and dreams. Through great efforts, hard work and with their dream of maintaining the traditions and customs, they established the communities and handed them over to younger generations as their legacy.


Zoku

Zoku is a Japanese term signifying a Group or Gathering. The original song is composed and performed by Kodo, who is one of the most important groups that promote Taiko within and outside of Japan. The group members spend a third of a year touring overseas, one third performing in Japan and one third preparing new material on the island of Sado. This version has been adapted for our group by our instructor, Masa Fukuizumi, and is our tribute to the work that Kodo does to promote Taiko around the world.


Soran Bushi

Soran Bushi is an old folk song that describes the life of fishermen from the island of Hokkaido, as they go to sea, throw fishing nets, harvest the catch and finally celebrate a good fishing day. The flags that signify the “Good Catch” are raised to let anxious families on the shore know that it’s time to enjoy the fruit of their hard work. Dancers perform alongside this traditional song played by Shinobue and the Taiko.


Kizuna

Connected

After the earthquake & Tsunami, Japanese people realized how some of their relationship to those who lost their lives were fragile and shallow… now, after the tragedy, they try to re-establish and strengthen the connections, getting to know and understand others who are around.


Hare Oto

Festival Sounds

Festivals are for people and for Gods. There are Festivals to celebrate the births of people, of Gods, of Seasons, of Nature and everything that surrounds us. These sounds are deep within people and represent their traditions and their culture.