Tamashii Daiko and Riverdance used in the same sentence? How you learn from Taiko to expect anything.

Wow! There’s just nothing like receiving compliments, is there? Tamashii Daiko performed at the centennial celebrations of the Taiwanese Consulate in South Africa. And may I say this, as a member of the group: We were simply SENSATIONAL!

One guy compared our accuracy with that of Riverdance. Check this out if you’re living in an alternate universe and have no idea what I’m talking about. Now if that’s not a compliment, I don’t know what is.

Nervous energy abounded. We set up so that everybody that was anybody (important from the organising side, that is) could see where the drums should be and then they were moved to the side for the speeches. A variety of people came to offer help to move the drums. Each of them got a calm description and explanation of what were to be done. [The word ‘calm’ should indicate to you that this was not done by me.]

We were there, of course, L-O-O-O-O-NG before the guests arrived. This could be considered a good thing: we did not feel rushed; we knew where everything was and how we were going to do things. But it could also be considered a bad thing: L-O-O-O-O-TS of waiting = ample time for building panic and getting second thoughts…

But once the first note hit the Odaiko we were in the zone. OK, I admit this is my own personal experience and evaluation. When Stephan’s drum rolled of the stand, I’m pretty sure he must have felt not quite “in the zone”, but he recovered quickly and didn’t miss that many beats [not the best of puns, I know].

Not only does Taiko take us to interesting places, it also teaches us to deal with whatever is thrown at us! [Maybe I should rephrase: “whatever is thrown at us” conjures up images of rotten tomatoes.] It teaches us to deal with whatever comes our way. Let’s try again: What I’m trying to say is that we learn to adapt to circumstances. To go with the flow. To change according to the surroundings. As the saying goes: The only certainty in life is uncertainty.

To be able to adapt to uncertainty is a valuable life skill to have.

Bet you didn’t have this on your imaginary list of “Advantages of Taiko”.


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