A Local Perspective on Life in Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan.

Taiko at iias on August 15 and 16, 2009

A local taiko group called Chuo Hayashikai will be performing at iias (the giant mall on Kita Odori near Kenkyu Gakuen Station) on August 15 and 16 at the following times: 2:00pm, 3:30pm, 5:00pm.

They will be playing at the Event Plaza on Katsuragi Road (outside the main mall, maybe near the radio station?).

This group is based in the Kamigo area of Tsukuba (where Tsukuba International School is located) and they perform at many local festivals and events. They performed at iias and Raijinsama (a shrine in Kamigo) over the New Year’s holidays, at Raijinsama again for the Autumn and Spring Festivals, and at the local Kamigo Gion Festival in July. You can see their performance at the Autumn Festival here.

The group’s members range in age from about five to eighty-something. They are a really dynamic group and clearly look like they are having fun when they perform. There are a few foreign members of the group, but they are not quite performance-ready just yet. Stay tuned for their debut — maybe sometime next year!

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