Dounen Daiko is Nen Daiko's teen taiko group. The group brought energy and cheer to the Greenspring Retirement Community with a performance and drumming session.
The performance started with Dounen Daiko singing as they walked into the room. They were singing the "kuchishoga" or spoken rhythms of the song Renshuu. Then they played the song on the taiko, playing it slower, then faster, then faster. This was the first performance for three of our members.
Next, Greenspring residents were invited to give taiko a try. Dounen Daiko members put the drums on rolling carts and brought the drums to the residents so they could play from their seats and wheelchairs, while some residents leaped at the chance to come up front and play. We played a happy base rhythm while everyone drummed and danced. The performance ended with the song Matsuri, a festive song.
Thank you to the Greenspring residents for your attentiveness and open-mindedness to our performance. Taiko can be loud, but that didn't dissuade you at all! You seemed to enjoy the feeling of taiko as much as us! We could not ask for a more enthusiastic audience with many people tapping out the rhythms with us and getting into the groove.
Thank you to the volunteer coordination team at Greenspring for welcoming Dounen Daiko for our second performance at the community. We look forward to making music with the Greenspring residents again!
If you are teen ages 12-18 interested in playing taiko with Dounen Daiko, be sure to follow Nen Daiko on Instagram or Facebook. The next time you could join will be September 2020 at our teen workshop. In the meantime, you can try taiko at our monthly open houses.
During October 2019, Nen Daiko hosted a photo and video challenge on social media called #TaikoLove. We encouraged taiko groups around the world to share photos and videos as part of the #TaikoLove photo and video challenge. This is the second year that Nen Daiko led this global community-building initiative.
Each day in October, Nen Daiko set a taiko-related theme. Taiko performers around the world shared photos or videos based on that theme and tagged posts with the hashtag #TaikoLove. Then everyone looked at each other’s posts to learn from each other.
Seventy-eight groups or individuals posted at least one #TaikoLove-tagged post. That’s a 35 percent increase from 2018. Groups were in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, the United States and Wales. For the first time, groups participated from Israel and Italy.
Of those 78 groups or individuals, 26 posted EVERY DAY in October. This is a huge accomplishment for those groups and double those who posted every day last year.
There were 1,240 tagged posts in total. That’s 40 percent more posts than #TaikoLove 2018. The most popular themes were Anniversary, Dancing, Okedo and Blur.
Nen Daiko liked or commented on every single post to encourage participation. We also posted highlights every day in a Facebook Group for the taiko community.
Nen Daiko would like to give a special thanks to Mike Gallan, one of our current apprentices and a long-time Ekoji volunteer. Mike is an excellent photographer and half our posts this year featured his work. Thanks Mike!