Happy Canada Day !

and Happy Independence Day to our readers in the US! :)

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Photo credit: Yumiko Saito

We had a wonderful time again this year at the 3rd Japan Summer festival in West Hartford! Thank you to the Japan Society of Greater Hartford and the city of West Hartford, CT for inviting us and to everyone who came to see the show despite the capricious weather! We managed to play our full set before the rain started but are truly sorry for the inconvenience caused by the time change for anyone who came from far to see us. :( We hope that you were able to see part or most of the show! We are very grateful to the organizers and numerous volunteers for all of their efforts and very warm hospitality. Thank you also to Yumiko Saito for beautifully capturing many great moments from the festival! Please feel free to visit our flickr album for more of her great pictures.

We also had a great time performing at the Lexus Spinelli opening in Lachine and St-Jean celebration in Chinatown. There are a few great videos on Facebook captured by some of the wonderful folks we met during these events. Have a look! :)

This month, Arashi will be collaborating with Komachi Montreal and participating in Montreal’s Canada Day Parade along St-Catherine street between Fort and Peel (Jul 1st starting around 11am). We will also be at the Festival de la SOUPE in Lasalle’s Parc des Rapides July 1st for a brief show at 4pm. July 11th we will be giving a 90min show at this year’s percussion festival in Verdun. Later in the month we will be at the 1001 pots festival in Val-David (July 30th). Please see our calendar page for more details.

We hope to see you soon! Have a great summer! :)

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!

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!

End of Season

IMG_2200As the leaves begin to change color and slowly start to fall, and the performance season starts to wind down, we are grateful looking back at another amazing taiko-filled summer season where we had the opportunity to meet many friendly new faces and catch up with wonderful old friends too!

We would like to thank all of the festival organizers and volunteers and ever supportive audiences that we met throughout the season. We will take many wonderful memories with us from this past season to motivate us through the coming winter training months, from precious moments spent by the water in Gaspésie during the Festival Musique du bout du monde, to the very hot and sunny yet enthusiastic crowd in the town of West Hartford to intimate moments in the small church in Val David during 1001 pots and the many other shows and festivals in between. Thank you for all your support and encouragement. We look forward to seeing you again next season!

Thank you 1001 pots!

logoWe had a wonderful time up in Val-David last Saturday performing at the 1001 pots exhibit and want to extend our deepest thanks to Kinya Ishikawa, Jonathan and their family for their very warm hospitality. The exhibit is still on until August 10th, so don’t miss your chance to see and purchase some beautiful ceramics by amazingly talented local artists!

Thank you to West Hartford!

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Photo credit: Yumiko Saito

Happy to have been a part of West Hartford’s first Japan summer festival! Many thanks to the organizing committee of the Japan Society of West Hartford for inviting us, the organizers of the Blue Back Square that hosted our performance, the Japan Consul and many supporters that made our trip possible. We enjoyed the crowd’s energy and enthusiasm, especially from the many young people attending our performance. We hope you will remember this energy and happiness and spread it around for many days to come!