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Ondekoza




Ondekoza
Ondekoza

From their base on remote Sado Island in the Sea of Japan, traditional Japanese taiko (drum) group Ondekoza have crisscrossed the world as virtual cultural ambassadors for Japan. Their unique crusade has spearheaded a revival of interest in the taiko at home, as well as stimulating a surge of interest that has led to the founding of taiko groups abroad. On December 22, they make a surprisingly rare appearance in Tokyo.

Formed in 1969, Ondekoza - not to be confused with their offshoot Kodo, who will also be performing in December - were the brainchild of Tagayasu Den. In communal life on Sado Island, Den subjected his apprentices to rigorous physical training in addition to technical training in the art of the mighty taiko. His goal was to produce a group whose mental toughness would be equal to the demands of the mighty drums and able to withstand the challenges of the road.

In their 1975 US debut, Ondekoza stunned audiences when its ten members crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon and immediately mounted the stage for a performance on seventeen drums of different sizes and shapes.

Since then, the company has inspired audiences worldwide with its powerful rhythms and precisely choreographed performances. An early ' US tour saw Ondekoza members run a total of almost 15,000km and perform 355 concerts while averaging two dollars per day for meals in their 1071-day quest for the ultimate musical and spiritual experience.

Ondekoza play Kosei Nenkin Kaikan on December 22. See listings for details.


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391: Shelter 10th Anniversary
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345: Misia
343: Brahman
341: Puffy
339: Ryukyu Festival 2000
337: Rappagariya
335: Lisa Ono
333: Air Jam 2000
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327: Tenkoo Orchestra
325: Wrench
323: Sadao Watanabe
321: Dry & Heavy
319: Bonny Pink
317: Sakura Hills Disco 3000
315: Aco
313: Rovo
311: The Mad Capsule Markets
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