Find Our Way Home

Debbie and I went out last Saturday with our friends Beth and Robert. We had Vietnamese food and then went downtown to experience the Portland Taiko performance, The Way Home. You can find the Oregonian review of the performance here. I had not been to a Taiko performance before. To quote the Portland Taiko’s website,

Taiko (the Japanese word for drum and the name of the art form) has its roots in ancient Japanese tradition. Today, taiko is a dynamic and evolving performing art combining rhythm, movement, energy, and culture into a single art form. Through artistic excellence and innovation in taiko, we affirm Asian American pride, inspire audiences, build community, and educate about our culture and heritage.

I loved the performance. The venue, Newmark Theatre at the Portland Center for the Performing Arts,was a great place for this event. The room was filled with the sound of the drums and the movement and colors were as special as the sounds. The piece I appreciated the most was one entitled News. Portland Taiko was joined by Lawson Fusao Inada, Oregon’s Poet Laureate for this performance. The News Piece featured Inada reading a poem about the challenges of being an immigrant. The performers used papers and sticks, in addition to drums while creating great sounds!

I am glad that we got a chance to experience the Portland Taiko and will look forward to attending another performance. I am also quite interested to read more from Oregon’s poet laureate. Thanks, Beth and Robert, it was a great evening.

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