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What’s New

Thank you!

Many thanks to the Botanical Gardens and organizers of Ohanami for once again putting together this wonderful event and inviting us to play! Thanks too to all of you who came to enjoy the beautiful weather and sound of taiko in the gardens! We had a lot of fun playing with Inazuma and we hope you enjoyed the show! We also had the wonderful surprise visit of Arashi Daiko founders Terry and May. We were so happy to see them. Here are a few wonderful pictures taken by Maxime Plantady during the event including a lovely portrait photo of Terry and May!

Enjoy! :)

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Start of the outdoor performance season

Hi everyone!

We hope that you have been enjoying the arrival of spring!

Arashi Daiko’s outdoor performance season will soon begin and we are very much looking forward to playing outdoors and seeing you all. We invite you to come see us and our very talented students, Inazuma, at the Botanical Gardens on May 22nd if you can make it!

Event:      Ohanami at the Montreal Botanical Gardens
Location: Japanese gardens of the Montreal Botanical Gardens
Date:        Sunday, May 22nd, 2016
Time:        around noon, but it’s best to arrive early!
Price:       General admission to the Gardens is required.
*For more details, please see the Montreal Botanical Gardens website.
Don’t forget your sunscreen! :)

Before that, we will be helping out our longtime friends at Festival Accès Asie celebrate their 21st anniversary (tonight! May 12th).  If you enjoy silent films, please come enjoy a special evening of silent films and live music at La Sala Rossa on Thursday, May 12th, 8pm. Admission 10$

We will also be helping to kick off the opening of the Canada-Wide Science Festival at McGill on May 15th.

There will be more outdoor taiko to come throughout the summer so please keep an eye on our performance calendar for more details.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Arashi Daiko

Taiko Workshop for Youth Saturday, April 30th

The Consulate General of Japan in Montreal is organizing a free introductory taiko workshop, offered by Japanese percussion group Arashi Daiko, to participants aged 8 to 18. Along with the workshop, the Tôhoku Rokkon-Sai Festival and the reconstruction process in northeastern Japan following the Great East Japan Earthquake will be introduced. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Advance registration is necessary; please read the instructions below.

Participants’ age: 8 to 18 years old
Date: Saturday, April 30th, 2016
Time option 1): 2:15 pm to 3:30pm
Time option 2): 3:45 pm to 5:00pm
Location: Japanese Cultural center of Montreal, 8155 Rousselot (corner Jarry), Montreal
Price: Free (reservations required)
To register: Send an email to culture@mt.mofa.go.jp with your choice of time option (1 or 2), the parent’s/tutor’s full name, their telephone number, and the participant’s full name and his/her age.

* For the workshop, participants are expected to wear comfortable sports clothes, and they should bring a bottle of water as well as a hand towel.

If you are interested in our adult workshops (generally held in the fall), please make sure you are signed up to our mailing list to be kept informed of upcoming dates. Thank you!

Happy 2016!

Happy New Year everyone!

We hope that the holidays were kind to you and that you are facing 2016 with renewed energy and inspiration! We are looking forward to pushing through fun challenges and growth opportunities together in the year ahead and hope to be able to cross paths and share energy with you in 2016. If you are in the area, definitely come and say hi :)


 

Happy Holidays!

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Photo credit: Hisako Mori

As 2015 draws to a close, we look back fondly on many wonderful moments spent with our taiko family and friends, near and far. We enjoyed many great moments working hard together, playing taiko and sharing energy. We look forward to creating many more great memories with you in 2016. We wish you all a very happy holidays. See you in 2016!

Thank you!

The JCCCM had another successful Bazaar last weekend. Many thanks to all of you who came out to support the JCCCM! We hope that you were able to enjoy some delicious food while you were there and maybe able to pick up a great prize or two as well!

We were also extremely blessed to have the opportunity to spend some time with Tiffany Tamaribuchi, an incredibly talented and inspiring taiko player from Sacramento California. Tiffany shared her passion and soul with us through taiko, song and dance and left us with some very precious guidance and tips for taiko and life that we will continue to reflect on in our practices in the coming year (you can read a bit more about her visit here). Thank you Tiffany, safe travels and looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Japanese Fall Bazaar at the JCCCM

BazaarHi everyone,

This is a quick update to let you know about the upcoming Japanese Fall Bazaar that will take place at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Center of Montreal (JCCCM) this coming Saturday, November 21st from 11am to 4pm. Please drop by to try some Japanese food and baked goods that you can enjoy in our tea room or take home, and enjoy the opportunity to purchase various Japanese items, books and raffle tickets all in support of the JCCCM! A brief ceremony celebrating the opening of the newly renovated and beautiful Labrecque Hall will also take place Saturday.

As for Arashi, we have been busy volunteering at the recent Mochitsuki, giving workshops and making manju for the upcoming Fall Bazaar and we are very grateful to all students and friends that have also contributed time and energy to events that help support the JCCCM. Thank you!

Our performance season has pretty much wrapped up for 2015, but we are back in training, brushing up pieces for next year’s performance season. We look forward to seeing you at the bazaar and during the 2016 performance season!

Arashi Daiko

Thank you!

Les fruits de notre travail! // The fruits of our labour! #mochitsuki

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A huge thank you to all Arashi Students and friends who came to lend a hand this past weekend during the annual mochitsuki event at the JCCCM! You can read a little bit about this year’s mochitsuki adventures here. We hope you were able to enjoy some mochi in the tea room or purchase some to freeze until New Year’s. Thank you again!

Kaguyahime, Kodo and Mochitsuki!

Hello everyone! We hope you’ve been keeping warm as the fall season has set in with its beautiful colors but also cold reminder that winter will soon follow. We had a few early snowflakes over the weekend here in Montreal, but luckily they melted as soon as they hit the ground.

If you’re looking for activities to keep busy during this fall season, you might be interested in seeing Kaguyahime, a beautiful contemporary dance and taiko interpretation of the 10th-century Japanese folk tale. This production was choreographed by Jiri Kylian, and is danced by Les Grands Ballets with drumming by Kodo, the famous taiko drum group from Japan. It’s on until October 30th at Salle Wildrid-Pelletier, Place des arts and members of Arashi had the wonderful pleasure of watching the debut. You can read about our experience here. Highly recommended for all fans of contemporary dance and taiko!

The other exciting event going on at the JCCCM this month is the annual Mochitsuki or rice pounding event to make mochi (rice cakes), a traditional Japanese New Year’s food item. This year’s event will be held October 24th at the cultural center. If you would like to volunteer, you can sign up here, or show up on the day to enjoy some fresh mochi in the tea room between 1 and 5pm.

Hope to see you there!

Arashi Daiko