Chibi Taiko participated in the first annual Tonari Gumi Run and Walk at Burnaby’s Central Park on Sunday. There were about thirty of us from Chibi taking part, most of whom opted for the 3k stroll. Shinobu, our noble leader, was the only one who took the 10k running option. That’s why he’s the only one sweating in the photos. After the run/walk we all sat down to a delicious bento lunch provided by TG. We then played two pieces. Musubi was a bit of a challenge as Kayo was having her wisdom teeth extracted, leaving a vacancy at shime. Emiko, who has never performed it (but had two lessons in the past two months) and Shinobu shared the part. It was ragged but fun. Then the whole group (seniors and juniors) played Matsuri. It was a great day. Congratulations to Tonari Gumi, who got a much bigger turn-out then they planned for. Next year . . . bigger and better! Click on the first photo to start slide show.