Over the weekend, three of our members were able to travel up to Palmerston North and participate in a taiko workshop with the one and only Yoshikazu Fujimoto Sensei from KODO. It was an awesome experience and we were able to meet people from different taiko teams from around New Zealand. We got to meet people from Tamashii and Haeremai, both from Auckland, Raijin from Nelson, O Taiko from Dunedin and other taiko players around NZ. Of course we can't forget about Kodama from Palmerston North for hosting us!
The workshops we participated in were intense and fun due to all the crazyness of taiko people. We learnt Odaiko style and many festival songs, and if you can believe it, Fujimoto Sensei taught us a song he created called Narukami!!! Of course we all have to make it a feature song. We were even able to learn Shinobue which is a Japanese flute. It was just screetching for an hour...
Fujimoto Sensei then showed us a couple of Shinobue pieces, even gracing us with his singing which bought a few people to tears. It was awe inspiring and we are honoured to experience it.
Fujimoto Sensei is an amazing teacher and taiko player. He was so kind to people who were seasoned taiko players and people who were just starting out taiko. We hope we can take more workshops with him in the future and we can taiko together soon.
After two days our muscles and joints were aching, barely able to lift a cup, we had a farewell BBQ and said our goodbyes to all our new members of our Taiko Family! Until Taiko Fest 2015 at the end of the year!!!
To top everything off, we were mentioned in KODO's blog!!