This past weekend, Tsukasa Taiko hosted a taiko workshop to welcome the girls from the Kizuna Project, a Youth Exchange Project with Asia-Oceania and North America. This Kizuna (meaning bond) Project is run by the Japanese Government to promote awareness of Japan’s ongoing recovery after the tsunami in 2011. As part of this project, Japan sent young people to Chicago to work as interns in various non-profit organizations around the city.
The ‘Kizuna Girls’ as we called them, visited many Japanese agencies around Chicago including Tsukasa Taiko at JASC! We showed them around the facility, and also did a taiko workshop where they learned one of Tsukasa’s original beginner pieces. It was great to be able to show them that here in Chicago, we still preserve and spread the Japanese traditions and they had so much fun! The Kizuna girls also took part in Yoko Noge’s Japanesque show at the annual Ginza Festival hosted at the Midwest Buddhist Temple of Chicago this past weekend as well.
But that’s not all, Tsukasa Taiko will be performing at the Kizuna event this Saturday, August 17 held at JCC!
For more information on the Kizuna Project, visit their website HERE.