Saturday, November 24, 2012 was a momentous occasion for Canada’s Rising Sun Drums for this was a delightful celebration of Hinode Taiko’s 30th Anniversary! Not many groups last this long – but not only did we last, we’re having a lot of fun doing it. Close to 100 former players and supporters gathered at the Manitoba Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre to enjoy a sumptuous feast of Japanese food prepared under the extremely tasteful guidance of long-time supporter and Master Chef, Sadao Ono. There was food, drink, a dedication to four founding members, some great speeches and, oh yes, drumming! In fact Hinode people unleashed for the first time ever their recreational drumming division, Genki Daiko, on an unsuspecting crowd. These folks drum for the fun of it, but also sing when the situation warrants. This didn’t, but they sang anyway!
Above all else Florence Mitani, Sheila Ozamoto, Tak Tonogai and Pamela Okano were honoured for their enduring contributions to Hinode Taiko – contributions and dedication that continue to this day. Also honoured for his pro bono design work was Sam Matsuo who’s been involved with the group since its beginnings. A comprehensive visual presentation broken into three decades was presented throughout the evening, capturing many of the group’s highlights in rehearsal and performance, at home and abroad.
Hinode Taiko now has a new look for its shirts and its gong…courtesy of Sam (Isamu) Matsuo, a designing legend instrumental in their fledgling years. Reminiscent of one of the first ever T-Shirt designs for the group, this captures all of the vibrancy and life that is taiko !
As for the new gong design, check out the photos of this Thirtieth Anniversary Blow-Out and see for yourself.
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