Tacoma Fuji Taiko began in 2009 as a way of contributing and sharing with the Tacoma Buddhist Temple and the community, the art of Taiko. All members are volunteers, and most are affiliated with the Temple, but this is not a requirement to play. Our group performs annually in the Temple Bon Odori (Japanese Street Dance), New Year’s party as well as communitee events throughout the South Sound region.
We will perform 4 songs for the 2020 Virtual Moon Festival that were originally created for our Temple’s Virtual Bon Odori Festival in August. Please enjoy our productions of: Pulsate, Matsuri, Hachijo and Omiyage.
Performed Songs History
“Pulsate” is a piece written for the Minidoka Interment Camp Pilgrimage Fundraiser and created by Gary Tsujimoto and Nancy Ozaki from Oneworld Taiko and Garrett Nakawatase from Inochi Taiko. We are honored to join the Regional Taiko Group of Seattle to perform this piece.
“Matsuri” as we play it today is Taiko most at home at festivals. Matsuri literally means festival. The Matsuri percussion phrase familiar in North America though shows-up in Japanese dance, at Obon, and as part of Shinto festival music. In Japan, every village has its own “Matsuri.”
“Hachijo” is a piece written by the group Ondekoza, one of the premier taiko groups in Japan. It draws inspiration from the tale of Ukita Hideie, a samurai who, after being exiled to the island of Hachijo-jima, exchanged his swords for bachi (drum sticks.)
“Omiyage” means “gift.” This song was created as a gift to the whole Taiko community by Shoji Kameda, Bryan Yamami and Yuta Kato of Taikoproject. Taikoproject is a you and energetic North American Taiko group in Southern California. We thank them for their generosity and support.