As a part of this year's Cama-i dance festival, we had the treat of seeing these Taiko drummers perform. They are a Japanese drumming group from Anchorage. They had a wide assortment of drums, but there were other instruments as well.
One person played some sort of flute and another played a shell. The first thing they did was a drumming routine that is supposed to chase away all of the bad spirits from a place. It was very entertaining. The kids absolutely LOVED the costumes, masks, and acting of the drummers. It was so much fun! The kids in the audience squealed with laughter and screamed with joy as these drummers put on their show.
They were a very engaging group. It was so much fun to watch, although they were not all authentic and japanese, some of the group members were indeed Japanese.
Enjoy the video. Make sure to turn the sound up so that you can hear the drumming.