Farewell Nobu-san

Arashi Daiko members and students bid a sad and sudden farewell to a very dear friend this past weekend, Nobuharu Yamaguchi. We knew Nobu san as a wonderful taiko player, a diligent, enthusiastic student, a skilled and meticulous drum maker, and most significantly a devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend. In all of his roles, he embodied a joyful spirit that always shone bright.

We are all so grateful to have had Nobu san in our lives, and are better people for having crossed paths with him. We are thankful to have had the opportunity to learn from his wisdom and vast life experience. We all admired his energy and determination, and can only aspire to live our lives as fully and openly as he did until his final moments.

On behalf of the Arashi Daiko family – members, students, past and present: we will continue to miss you Nobu san, but will listen for your voice whenever we play one of your taiko. We will support Sanae san and your family as best we can, and will look to your son and grand-daughters for a glimpse of your smile. Thank you for being an inspiration to us all, and for sharing your kind and generous heart with us. May you rest in peace.