Chin-Shuan Cultural Foundation Sponsors Taiwan Tour of Professional Taiko Drum Troupe
From March 19-27, 2008, Maidaiko Aska-Gumi, a well-known Japanese taiko drum troupe, toured Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung in Taiwan. Chin-Shuan Cultural and Educational Foundation, founded by Taiwan Soka Association with an aim to promote cultural exchanges in Taiwan, sponsored the tour. On March 24, the group performed for the students and staff of Chinese Culture University at its campus in Taipei.
Founded by Daigoro Aska in 1990, Maidaiko Aska-Gumi, consisting of men and women, regularly performs in Japan. Previous oversea tours have included France, the Netherlands, Germany, Egypt, Turkey, Russia, the USA and Thailand. This year's Taiwan tour is the group's fourth, following visits in 1998, 2000 and 2002. Their performances are a mixture of dynamic taiko drumming and traditional Japanese dance as well as performing arts such as kabuki, noh and kyogen theater. Apart from taiko, performers play shinobue (bamboo flute) and the shakuhachi (a vertical bamboo flute) and synthesizer. The group's Taiwan tour provided the Taiwanese audience a deeper appreciation of Japanese culture.
[Adapted from an article in the April 1, 2008 issue of Harmony Press, a weekly newspaper of Taiwan Soka Association; photos courtesy of Harmony Press]