It is said that in ancient times, the size of a village was set by distance to which the drum could be heard.
The sound of Taiko now stretches around the world.
In 1968 Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka founded the first Taiko group in America, San Francisco Taiko Dojo. With the creation of this group, Master Tanaka brought Taiko as an art form to the United States. He and San Francisco Taiko Dojo have since developed Taiko form its roots as a primitive folk art to a powerful, sophisticated synthesis of rhythm, harmony and body movement.
....The essence of the San Francisco Taiko Dojo is that it is not strictly a performance organization, but rather a school.Focusing on the spiritual and martial arts aspects of the art, the Dojo teaches not only the skillful playing of percussion instruments, but also the ultimate challenge to reach the point of unity of drummer’s spirit of the drum.
－Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka－
Once a man sets his sights on a dream that make it necessary for him to leave his hometown, he can not return until he achieves his dream.
Not even die there.
But do not worry.
Your bones can be buried anywhere, not just in your hometown.
You can find peace in dying in any place you are.
Photo by Helen @ ULURU(Ayers Rock) ; Mutitjulu(AUSTRALIA) - KataTjuta National Park on Sep/2006.
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