Ginza Holiday 2008

I was going to post tonight about the 53rd Annual GINZA HOLIDAY, a Japanese cultural festival put on every August by the Midwest Buddhist Temple in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood. But my allotted time was take up by a Cat Emergency: Thomas, our stupidest cat, got skunked again. We had to chase him down and towel him off with Nature’s Miracle Skunk Odor Remover. Then we had to deskunk ourselves.

Now it is late and I must beg Sleep, that sometime shuts up sorrow’s eye, to steal me awhile from mine own company. (We’re going to see a Shakespeare play tomorrow.)

But I will not leave you entirely bereft. Look up there: that’s the Midwest Buddhist Temple Taiko Group joining in a thumping frenzy with the Kogen Taiko Group of Minneapolis. Down below is a picture of one of the drummers backstage rolling her drum. An Aikido group awaits their moment onstage.

The Ginza Holiday continues tomorrow. I’ll post some more pretty pictures then, and maybe some photos of First Folio Theater Group’s setting for Much Ado About Nothing.

Oh, what the heck, here’s one more picture of those Taiko drummers:

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2 responses to “Ginza Holiday 2008

  1. My son and I went to see Yamoto
    http://www.yamato.jp/
    They were stunning, it was as much an athletic performance as a musical one, but the sound resonates on something some deep inside, it’s what I can perhaps best describe as a ‘primeval’ sense.The whole audience were on a high after the performance.
    Some of the drums were as large a ‘Smart’ car, and the drum sticks the diameter of fence posts.
    Go see them if they come your way.

  2. Haha, it’s good to see the family again. Rock on Todd, Cheral and Brian! I miss you guys!

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