The inspiration for Ei Ja Nai Ka (EJNK) came from the high energy of Japanese festivals and folk dances, such as Kyushu’s Kokura Gion Matsuri and Awa Odori of Shikoku. EJNK is dedicated to the Issei (the first Japanese immigrants to America) and celebrates Japanese American history through movements that reflect the Issei’s work in agriculture, mining, and railroad construction. In recent years, EJNK has expanded beyond San Jose Taiko and is included in a growing number of North American Obon festivals.
Ei Ja Nai Ka is also one of several shared experiences used to bring people together under the idea of TaikoPeace. TaikoPeace, created by PJ Hirabayashi, is a movement, mindset, and mantra dedicated to unleash creativity, spark new connections of co-creativity, and heal the human spirit through the dynamic energy of taiko drumming. Inspired by Karen Armstrong’s Charter for Compassion, TaikoPeace seeks to amplify positive social change through personal transformation among all people. To learn more visit: http://pjhirabayashi.com
Date: July 17, 2016 (Sunday)
Location: Washington Middle School Continue reading
Date & Time: Thursday June 9, 2016. 6 – 8pm
This workshop will address ji playing (the undelying groove), and the concept of the collective heartbeat, as a foundation for better ensemble playing. Various exercises for individual practice and group rehearsals will be covered, including listening, subdivision, tempo, dynamics, phrasing, and flexibility.
Taiko friends! Please spread the word about our taiko fellowship! Application deadline extended to May 15! Find out more on our fellowship page!