Thursday, October 11, 2007

10/11/07 Drum Lesson

Monday was Physical Fitness Day, so no work for me. One interesting thing that I did in my government-given free time was go to an introductory taiko class. Taiko is a Japanese art form involving people pounding various sizes of drums. We practiced various little beats until we eventually put them all together to make a whole song. My favorite part was when the instructors put on a little show of their own.

This show was specifically aimed at foreigners, and I was surprised to meet several working in town that I hadn't met yet, some Canadians and an Australian. Nice way to make a few more acquaintances.

My favorite is the guy in the back doing a little rain dance while he played. His drumstick was the size of a baseball bat. He was pretty lively.

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