Saturday night I went to see Japan's nationally-treasured Taiko drum group Kodo as part of the 2013 Festival of the Arts (and as part of Kodo's One Earth Tour). It really is difficult to describe the kind of talent and athleticism it takes to perform their art, but let it be said that they brought the thunder.

Taiko is known for it's oversized drums, originally created in ancient Japan to drive away evil spirits. These giant drums, combined with traditional drums of all sizes, flutes and choral singing, makes Kodo the world-class touring group they are. The group brought the audience to their feet several times that night.
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