Notes from Sado Island!

This year’s KASA/MIX was a wonderful experience and trip for all participants and staff. Starting in Kanazawa with a visit to Asano Taiko’s factory and museum and an added bonus […]

This year’s KASA/MIX was a wonderful experience and trip for all participants and staff. Starting in Kanazawa with a visit to Asano Taiko’s factory and museum and an added bonus of a workshop this year; then to Sado Island and a visit to Kodo Village and Sado’s Taiko Centre; and then the bus ride up into the mountains to the Apprentice Centre. What a wonderful way to get to know people from the U.S., Canada, Australia, Brazil, and Japan (we missed Uti from Germany this year!). Many of this year’s 20 participants were from groups with previous year’s participants.They were all told that it would be a life changing experience. Not sure if they believed it at first, but I think they were all convinced by the time we left Sado Shima. It is amazing, how, in four short days, 17 kenshusei and Kodo staff can affect your heart and soul, and renew your spirit and energy towards taiko. I have been on 4 of the 5 KASA/Mix trips, and it happens every time for me – each trip is different, and wonderful in its own way. Yoshikazu-san shared his wonderful spirit and love of taiko with everyone, and I hope we can express his spirit from our hearts as we play taiko for ourselves and others.

The 2010 trip re-connected old friends like Aki and Yoshikazu, and welcomed a couple of non-taiko players into the ‘taiko family’ with open arms. It was a pleasure working with this year’s staff – Chie Otsuka (staff on all 5 trips); Joe Small (participant ’03, Kenshusei 2007-08, staff ’10) – and I look forward to future travels with them, past participants and future participants!

Thank you so much for a wonderful trip!

Toni Yagami