Summer is one of the busiest times for Tsukasa Taiko and the first week in August is one of our busiest. Last year, one of our National Gintenkai members Wesley from Genryu Arts flew in to help us. This year 7 players from Genryu flew in for a week to play with Tsukasa’s chibikko, Cool Ladies and Gintenkai Unit throughout the city. We had a total of 9 shows in 5 days: an educational program at Montessori Language Academy; Night Out in the Parks series at HAAS Park and Ping Tom Park; Family Fun at Millennium Park; and two days at the Morton Arboretum’s Destination Asia Festival. We also squeezed in a few rehearsals in preparation for our annual Taiko Legacy and Reduction shows in December.
It was a packed schedule but a wonderful experience because it was one of the few times that our National Gintenkai Project can come and perform together. It was also important to have the younger GRA members come and play with Gintenkai as well as Tsukasa’s other members; to introduce them to the strength of our national relationship between Genryu in San Francisco and Tsukasa in Chicago.
Thank you so much to the performers and parents for flying out!