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Summer Solstice Sunset Observation

Thursday, June 21, 2018
8:20 PM

Kaminari Taiko of Houston
​Check back soon to register online and make a suggested contribution for this program. 

Kaminari Taiko of Houston, a Japanese drumming ensemble, marks the end of the longest day of the year at 8:25 PM. "Taiko" is a Japanese word for drum. The art of taiko carries deep significance in Japanese culture. Samurai warriors used taiko on the battlefield to signal commands and frighten their enemies. Townspeople warned of danger by beating on taiko, and priests used taiko at religious ceremonies to communicate with the gods. Temples and shrines throughout Japan display taiko as a symbol of purification and to dispel evil spirits.

Kaminari Taiko was founded in 1996 by Jay Mochizuki along with a number of talented musicians from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. The members diligently trained under world acclaimed Taiko Masters such as: Daihachi Oguchi, Seiichi Tanaka, Kenny Endo and Takemasa Ishikura to learn the fundamental skills, philosophy and spirit of this centuries old Japanese tradition.

Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by Saint Arnold's Brewing Company. In case of inclement weather, check the website and the FB event posting for updates.

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  • Rothko Chapel

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