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Daigen Taiko Drummers – Shinagawa

Posted in Japanese Traditions, People, Places by tokyobling on September 30, 2013

I am extremely fortunate in that I am born a walker. I love walking. Can’t get enough of it. And few cities are so perfectly walkable as Tokyo. I often get off trains a couple off stations early just to get the pleasure of walking the final part of my journey, and I seldom use connecting trains, preferring to get somewhat in the right direction and then walk the last bit. Yesterday I lucked out again as I walking to a place two stations Shinagawa, and halfway there I lucked out and happened to find myself at a street performance by one of Tokyo’s most famous taiko drumming groups, the Daigen group, who has won several top awards both nationally and internationally. Even their junior members looked tougher than most grown up men in the audience! Their manager kept asking us to get closer but from where I was at front every beat of the drums brought sharp pain to my ears so I can understand the audience for keeping their distance!

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  1. D... said, on September 30, 2013 at 8:36 am

    Now when I think of you I will envision a wonderfully worn pair of comfy shoes. Is it a bit of wanderlust, which is a wonderful thing to have I think. You find the most wonderful things. In which your blog benefits from these wonderful things you find on your journeys.
    I am not there but I can feel the pound of the drums in my ears. It’s very dramatic. These gals look very enthusiastic. Isn’t it great when people have a passion for something. Isn’t it equally wonderful that you can capture their passion so well with your photos!!!

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    • tokyobling said, on October 19, 2013 at 4:10 am

      Oh you should see my shoes, they would make a shoemaker weep! (^-^;) And the holes in my “wandering trousers”. Thank you for the very kind comment…!

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      • D... said, on November 7, 2013 at 10:40 am

        Holes are the spoils of a well spent day, plus in the summer they make for good air conditioner. Plus shoes need to be worn to feel loved, and don’t they fit better the more that you wear them. I’ve found myself wearing a pair of black ballet slipper all the time, they go with everything and are now the most comfortable thing to walk in. I heart them and they know it. BTW, sorry for the late reply. Life has gotten in the way of my virtual life.

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  2. pawpawpoopoo said, on September 30, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    Awesome captures! I also agree about walking but today I just bought a bicycle and it’s amazing, especially here in Kyoto!

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    • tokyobling said, on October 19, 2013 at 4:11 am

      Thanks! Bicycles are great! But even those are too fast for me. In Kyoto though, the bicycle is king! So much to see there.

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  3. TonyJ2 said, on October 3, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I agree with D’s comment about what these photos evoke. Thanks again for another great insight.

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  4. Skulls & Stories said, on October 5, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Wow, so much movement in these shots. Makes me feel like I’m there listening to them!

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    • tokyobling said, on October 20, 2013 at 7:30 am

      Thanks! It is impossible to do taiko justice in photos, but I try! (^-^;)

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  5. Julie said, on October 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    Wahhh, you know I love strong girls!! >.<

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