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After an eventful summer of performances at the Seattle Buddhist Temple Dharma School, TOPS, and Volunteer Park Amphitheater opening along with preparations for our club’s 10th year at the University of Washington, we’d like to highlight all that happened this past year for Taiko Kai!
With in-person practices came in-person bonding events! Outside of practices and performances we got to know our fellow club members during bowling, rock-climbing, swimming, and ice-skating trips- not to mention near-weekly boba excursions after practice. It was a great time building our community and making friends and we’re excited for even more bonding activities next year!
Starting in April we began getting ready for our 2022 spring showcase. Every member of our club worked hard and contributed to the successful execution of our Avatar-themed Spring Concert, Avatar: the Last Airdrummer! On May 1st we performed for an audience of almost 300 people in Kane hall. This was the first live spring concert for all but 2 of our members and from soloing to playing percussion to performing some very funny skits, we had an amazing time making this one of our most enjoyable performances of the year! We were also very grateful for the support of our stage manager, Kelsey Kua, and all our volunteers who made the performance possible. May was a very eventful month for Taiko Kai– following our spring concert we performed at UW’s Japanese Student Association’s Matsuri. We also participated in the ECC’s CCCI walk, performed at the ECC Gala and the U-District street fair.
We’d like to thank our friends and family, our Taiko Kai alumni, and everyone that came to support us at our performances. We’re also thankful to our 2021-22 officer team: Owen, Alina, Souma, Jon, Anna, Noa, Kie, and Jason for all their hard work this year. We are especially grateful to the Butler family for all their time and help with moving equipment and making our practices possible.