Meet Alissa – My Tsukasa Taiko: Member Testimonials Series 008

Meet the mother of Alissa, one of our veteran Chibikko members.

  1. Why did you choose Tsukasa Taiko?

I asked this question to Alissa, and she said “because it looked fun.” I think she also enjoys friendship with other students – regardless of their age. From my perspective, I appreciate that Alissa can enjoy Japanese heritage in the U.S.

I also like that she can work with other diverse members of Tsukasa Taiko – she is sometime a teacher to younger generation or to her peers while she enjoys learning from older members. This is very unique quality Tsukasa has that no other classes like dance, soccer, etc can offer.

Having many opportunities to perform in front of the audience is another positive thing about Tsukasa. It builds confidence and motivations for the next steps.

  1. Please share your most memorable Tsukasa moment.

The most memorable moment for me is Alissa’s very first performance at Mitsuwa bon-odori. We learned Raku, which was way difficult (thinking back) for her age, because the song required three people to share one taiko with many complicated movements to go along with it. However, she was able to successfully perform the song  (with small mistakes) with the support of two ladies who covered for Alissa. We still talk about that experience.

Another memorable moment was when we performed Yamabiko at Holiday Delight last year (or two years ago?). The kids have been practicing it for quite some time, but the song seemed always “almost done.” One day, Sensei decided that we will perform Yamabiko at Holiday Delight, which was only 1 or 2 weeks away. I have never seen kids practice so intensely. And of course the performance was A++, which made us all proud.

  1. What do you look forward to doing with Tsukasa in the future?

Alissa said that she would like to travel around and perform Taiko to bigger audience.

For me, I would be great if she can perform at MCA in the next year or two. It also might be interesting to see if we can do some type of exchange program with Taiko group in Japan.