This Wednesday, February 11th was a national holiday in Japan. National Founding Day, or “Kenkoku Kinen no Hi” in Japanese, celebrates the ancient founding of Japan by the first Emperor Jimmu.
This year, I went to see a free taiko concert held by the local “Fujioka Shimin Daiko” group. As usual, their performance was excellent, and a testament to how much work and effort they must put into their practices.
I watched from the back of the auditorium, but even there the force of the rhythmical beating of the drums was powerful.
national holiday: 祝日 founding: 建国 ancient: 古代の emperor: 天皇
held by: 〜により開催された performance: 演奏 a testament to: 〜の証
work and effort: （練習）と努力 back of the auditorium: ホールの奥
force: 力 rhythmical: 律動的 beat: たたく powerful: 力強い
Before the show
Performing a song