Kris’ belated tour wrapup

After a few days of recovery from a whirlwind tour, here are some photos from the trip!

kris_teaching_shamisen

The impetus for putting the tour together came from Yuta Kato, who invited me to join him for a performance with his young students of kotsuzumi.  Over three sessions, Yuta taught the kids the basics of how to hold and play the instruments, and I joined them on shamisen to perform a few pieces together at the end.  The kids did a great job!

kagami_kai_booth

One of the highlights was working the Kagami-Kai booth at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival.  Hours of shouting and singing while making shave ice.  It was absolutely, totally, completely exhausting and wonderful!

shime_tightening_sequence

One of the highlights of the trip was spending a day with Shohei Takatani practicing shime tightening.  He showed me the basics of the two-person tightening method and I was inspired by his dexterity and form.  I look forward to more shime-nerd sessions with Shohei!

Thank you to Stanford Taiko, Kagami-Kai, the Kato’s, Michelle Fujii and Portland Taiko, Stockton Taiko, Chris, Dan, and Maya Kubo, and everyone else I met on tour.  It was one of the most enjoyable trips I’ve ever taken!

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