I will go traditional for my second post for Hello Japan’s January Challenge.
My most favorite Japanese traditional music, or should I say percussion, is Taiko. I’ll be in the front line of every Taiko Performance in every Japanese Matsuri held in Jakarta. There will be some videos in this post.
My main focus is the amazing Honoo Daiko, a trio of amazing woman who play powerful and yet beautiful Taiko. I’ve been a fan since I saw them in JI-Expo 2009.
What is Taiko?
Taiko is percussions made by animal skin, there are so many kind of Taiko. In Japan, from south to North, you can find all type of Taiko…some are small some are big, they even have Taiko as big as a house and as thin as uchiwa (a fan). There are also so many way in playing Taiko, some are put on the floor, some are held by hand, and some are carried on their shoulder.
This picture below shows the best Taiko group in Indonesia, unfortunately I don’t have a video of their performance because I have no real camera at that time. There are many Taiko Groups in Indonesia and most of them play in a group of 8 to 12.
Look at the video below! This is another kind of Taiko, this one is called Okinawa Taiko.
Now let’s talk about Honoo Daiko!!!
Honoo Daiko is a group 3 women: Jige Akemi, Kinoshita Chieko, and Yamada Mizue. The group was formed in 1986 in Ishikawa Prefecture. They are consistently performing powerful, high spirit and solemn performance without losing its rhythm and harmony. Hono means Fiery, it reflects their fiery performance. Their name is well-known throughout the world.
In November 9, 2008, Jakarta held Indonesia-Japan Expo as a way to celebrate 50 years of friendship between Indonesia and Japan. And that was the moment I knew about Honoo Daiko and I fell in love at first sight. Their performance was A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! Those 3 women play Taiko as if there are 10 people on the stage instead of just 3.
And I was so fortunate to see them again in November 11, 2009 in an event called Jak-Japan Matsuri…and to complete my happiness, I’ve already bought a camera to record all their performance.
This video is my personal favorite…look at how solid, beautiful and powerful their performance was. If you don’t think this is amazing, I don’t know what else can amaze you 😉
At Jak-Japan Matsuri 2009, they have an additional Player, she appeared twice…in the middle of the show and the closing. Below is the closing performance. (you can see the beautiful Monas behind them 🙂 it is Jakarta’s Landmark)
To see their full performance>> here
This is an extra info that I got from goggling
Their works are influence by the beautiful nature around Hakusan City in Ishikawa Prefecture. They have played in many places around the world. In 1993, they performed in ‘Hello Russia’ in Moscow. In 1994, they performed in Mongolia and Senegal. In 1995, they participated in Anglem Music Festival, France. In 1996, they performed with members of KODO in Cuba and Dominica. In 1999, they held their world concert to US, UK and France. They represent Japan in the opening ceremony of The World Championship of Athletic in Helsinki. In 2006, they performed in Monaco.
So…if you see a poster of their upcoming performance in your town…my advice is “DO WATCH THEM and be blown away”
I am waiting for their next visit to Indonesia 🙂