Taiko group "SUSANOO"

What kind of Japanese Taiko Drums do you use in your performance?

Recently we use two kinds of Japanese Taiko Drums. One is called the Long Trunk Drum and the other is the Tub Drum. In the photo below, you can see the Long Trunk Drum is at the center, and the ones around it are the Tub Drums. The Long Trunk Drums are used in various festivals and Kabuki. The Long Trunk Drums are the most familiar ones among the Japanese. The Tub Drums are used in the festivals like "Nebuta Festival" in Tohoku District in Japan, the northeast part of Japan. They are light and portable, and you can play it on your shoulder in walking.

Other than Taiko Drums, we are using a music instrument called "Chanchiki". Since the music sound is metallic, its sound carries well among the big sound of Taiko Drums. It plays an important role to keep the music tempo of total sound by its unique rhythm called "Shita-Byoshi". We would like to introduce other music instruments to our performance in the future.

Why does IAPG perform Japanese Taiko Drums?

We have a dream that we will organize a worldwide festival someday. In the festival, connecting various places worldwide by broadcasting, and we would like to see each of them coming to the festival wears his/her own national costume, plays a music instrument and shares the joy for being the same family of the Earth.

In order to realize such a festival, each of the people living in the world needs to make his/her mental horizon much more wider. Not fighting each other due to the difference of nations, races, and religions, we need to recognize that we belong to the sole family of the same Earth.

In Japan, the heart of "Wa" meaning "Harmony" has been conveyed from generation to generation. We believe that "Wa" shows the situation that we create more wonderful things by accepting the differences of each other and fostering the strong points of each other. There are a lot of different people living on this Earth, having the different way of thinking and different way of feeling. Those matters may be the cause of conflicts among them. However, on the other hands, Japan has a possibility to build up a wonderful world which the people having the same way of thinking might not achieve.

The sound of Japanese Taiko Drums is said to be the sound of the beginning. We would like to play the Japanese Taiko Drums, praying for the beginning of new era, in which each one of us will recognize that we are "Earthians", living in the same thoughts of love & peace.

Can you really make it come true?

It might not be easy to go. However, looking around us today in the world, on one hand we can see a lot of incidents with grief, on the other hand for sure we can see the people's movement to take hands together overcoming the differences of nations, religions and races. Receiving the call from Noriko Inamori, we firmly believe that our present way of doing cannot be accepted, thinking about how we can pass this world to the next generation of us. Thus we would like to do what we can do now, playing the Japanese Taiko Drums with all our love, and to keep on appealing love and peace to the world.

Although Inamori went to heaven, we will continue to call to the people in the world. If possible, your joining us in our calling to the world would be our great pleasure. The more the people will join us, the further the voice to call would be conveyed. But we also understand that each of you has your original role now on Earth. So we would hope that having your own mission you will join us in the festival and share our pleasure together with us saying "Wasyoi!"

(Note: "Wasyoi!" is a shout of the festival in Japan.)

Message from the IAPG Founder, Noriko Inamori

Having said that, God has left me some things I can still do even with this body. I never wanted to become resentful for the rest of my life. Instead, I made a conscious choice that in the time left to me I would live it fully.

When I began to change my attitude to one of being grateful and of praying for everyone's happiness, then many people started to help me in ways beyond what I could imagine. I was amazed that other people were willing to give, whereas in the past I used to get disappointed when I asked even for the simplest of help, people would hesitate to do even this little thing.

Source: Inamori, Noriko. "Prayer of Love and Peace". Japan: IAPG, 2014.

We are looking for Theaters for the U.S. performance of INAMORI Art Project Group

INAMORI Art Project Group will come to the U.S. in 2015 again! Now we are looking for places in the U.S. for our overseas performances.
Performance Schedule: September 19 to 21.

Wish of support and contribution

We are working in order to convey our peaceful message to as many people as possible in the world. However, our activity is supported by the donation out of goodwill from the people who sympathize with th is activity. Although we are under financial difficulty, we would like to enthusiastically promote this performance. If you would consent to this message and give us your helping hands, it would be highly appreciated.

Contact information

INAMORI Art Project Group
Address : Matsuura Building 5Fl, 1-9-4, Taito, Taito-ku, Tokyo, 110-0016, Japan
Tel: +81-3-3833-2989 FAX : +81-3-3832-2757
Email : info@iapg.jp

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