Japanese Taiko Drumming Experience

Japanese Taiko Drumming Experience

Japanese Taiko Drumming Experience 150 150 Simon Whitlock

On the 15th of March, one of the Y9 Japanese classes, one of the Y9 Music classes and some students from the Y10 Japanese class had finally received the amazing opportunity to watch and listen to a Taiko (Japanese Drum) performance in the Hall. Miss Kojima applied for funding from the “Asia New Zealand Foundation” last year. We received the grant last year but because of the Co-vid situation we could not invite the Haere Mai Taiko group until this year.  The performances included two traditional drum pieces and one special piece called “え-じゃないか” (e- janaika) which means “Anything Goes”.  Our students were asked to chant along with the drum piece.  24 lucky students were then able to go up on stage with the drummers and learn a simple Japanese drum routine. At the end of the session, students thanked the amazing performers, and left the Hall with a memory they won’t soon forget.

Report by Ansh Trivedi