My first taiko video!
It's my first public taiko performance! Second if you count New Years, though that was in front of a small group inside our dojo space.
This one was a performance at the Solano Stroll street festival in Berkeley on September 11, 2011. The song is "Kenka Yatai", which means something like "Want to fight!". I think it's originally by the band Ishindaiko, though I'm not sure. We've been practicing this song since January!
The beginning of the song got cut off so it sort of starts in the middle. Also you can barely see me in this video since I'm way in the back, playing the o-daiko, directly behind some of other people.
Sushu wasn't in this performance, since she had to teach that day, but she was in the performance of the song we did a week later at the Dragon Boats festival on Treasure Island.
And by the way, our dojo, Emeryville Taiko, is looking for new members. Beginner classes start October 1. Despite the name, we actually meet in Berkeley. If you live near there and you're into hitting really big drums very hard, striking cool poses, and shouting in unison, then you should come check us out!