April 13, 2017

On our trip to Japan last year, we visited the drum maker Suwakougei in Saitama; A two hour train ride out of Tokyo.
Greeting us on arrival, the friendly staff took us into their display room, and for about 2 hours we communicated in my broken Japanese. Finding all the information we could on the different types of drums they have, what woods they use, skin types, everything! 
They took us into their store room, let...

April 1, 2016

After months and months of planning, practices, and workshops, Cuba Dupa was finally here. Wellington's annual street carnival, 2 days packed with performances and parades, and we were a part of it!

Narukami Taiko joined hands with Taikoza (Wellington), Mukume (Kapiti), and Kodama (Palmerston North) to bring Wellington its first ever Taiko Matsuri! This was the brainchild of Murray of Taikoza, who spent time in Hiroshima and...

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