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Chibi Taiko going to JAPAN!!

  • 7th June 2018

Celebrating Chibi Taiko’s 25th Anniversary year, we are going to Japan this summer(July 11-21). We visited Onomichi-city in Hiroshima back in 2009 and had such valuable experiences through Taiko. (see photos from 2009 Japan trip here )

Thanks to the generous support from Onomichi Ruri Lions Club and Betchar Taiko in Onomichi, and Saiho Kotengu in Nagasaki, 11 Chibi members are looking forward to learn the roots of Taiko drumming, extend the possibilities of their performances, experience different Japanese cultural activities and make friends with Japanese Taiko families in Onomichi and Nagasaki.

Our commemorative T-shirt designed by the members are in order right now.

Counting down days to our exciting summer!!!

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Summer 2012

  • 20th January 2013

On June 23, 2012, Chibi Taiko played at a multicultural event presented by the Vancouver Cantonese Opera society at the CBC Outdoor Plaza.

On July 7, Chibi Taiko played for the National Nikkei Heritage Centre to celebrate Tanabata. The junior members did a great job focusing given that audience members were only steps away from the performers.

Jordy, Kayo, Becky and Shinobu attended the Regional Taiko Gathering in August hosted by Portland Taiko. They received a rousing reception during an informal performance when they presented Donburi and their Okedo piece.

The seniors and intermediates played for a picnic for Tonari Gumi on the grass at Spanish Banks. Shakuhachi master, Takeo Yamashiro, commented that the group was “very tight,” in other words, they sounded good and were really together despite the absence of Shinobu.

Again in August, Chibi played for the Taiwan Festival with giant video screens in the background projecting images of the players. Looked and sounded really cool.

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Spring 2012

  • 20th January 2013

In May, Chibi Taiko played continuously for about four hours at Lumberman’s Arch for the Vancouver International Marathon. They won second prize in the Music Challenge. Runners pumped their fists in the air when they passed by and some stopped to take photos with Chibi members.

Chibi plays at the Vancouver Marathon 2012

In the early spring 2012, Chibi juniors participated in a special workshop with Art Lee from Tokara Taiko based in Nagano Japan.  The juniors enjoyed the challenge of learning a new style and piece.

Art Lee workshop 2012

chibi juniors participate in a 2012 workshop with Art Lee

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Sun & Rain

  • 4th October 2010

The Gibson’s New Moon Festival was bright and sunny, the Port Moody Art 4 U Day was very wet! Both were a lot of fun. Below are some photos from Gibsons taken by Scott Bleackley. More of his photography can be seen here. Thanks to Joyce Chong and everyone else for inviting us to the Sunshine Coast. Shinobu and John were invited to solo on Matsuri with Joyce’s taiko group–it felt like old home week! To read more about the New Moon Festival, visit their site here.

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  • 26th July 2010

On Saturday July 24, Chibi Taiko kicked off the festivities at the grand opening on the newly-refurbished Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The park, former home to the legendary Asahi baseball team, sits on Powell Street, the prewar home of Vancouver’s Japanese Canadian community. Making the occasion particularly special to our group was the fact that we were unveiling our new set of beautiful taiko, made for us by Kato Taiko in California. Incredibly, not only was it the first time we played out new drums in public, it was the first time we played them at all . . .  Happily, they look and sound awesome!

If you look at the photo below this post, and compare the drums, our new drums look remarkably similar to Betcha Taiko’s gorgeous drums.

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Bulletin Article

  • 9th November 2009

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by John Endo Greenaway

There was a moment towards the end of the July 25 performance by Chibi Taiko and Onomichi’s Betcha Taiko that will be forever etched in my memory. The two groups were playing a piece together called Ishizue, an original Betcha composition that Chibi members had learned over the course of the past week. Night was falling as the nearly three dozen drummers filled the small public square in Onomichi’s shotengai (shopping district) with a thick wall of sound. The young Chibi drummers were playing with a ferocity and sense of purpose I had never witnessed before. As the piece drew to a conclusion, the drummers swooped low to the ground, their faces glistening with a combination of sweat and exhilaration. I was surprised at the emotion that welled up in me. A lump came to my throat as I watched the members of Chibi Taiko, including my two daughters, give everything they had to a common purpose in the true spirit of taiko. At that one moment, the members of the two groups—who shared a common heritage but little else—emphatically bridged the cultural divide.

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Public Taiko Classes for Youth and Adults

  • 28th July 2008

Chibi Taiko head instructor Shinobu Homma will be teaching a series of classes for youth and adults at the National Nikkei Heritage Centre in Burnaby. Classes will be run in two sessions of four classes each. These classes are for beginnng taiko players, no experience required, and the age range is 15 years and up.

See here for details or e-mail lkomori@telus.net for more information.

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