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