The Raion Taiko Japanese drumming ensemble, The Big Read Music event took place in Dimnent Chapel at 7 pm Friday, November 3. The reason I attended to this event, was because of the curiosity of the music and how the Japanese culture is discovered in music. In the book of "When The Emperor Was Divine" it never happened to talk about the culture in music or even their food diet as for the egg and fish. In addition, it never mention of how the instruments were made. Which was interesting to know that their instruments were made from the single tree trunk to make a single Taiko drum. Before the music event, entering through the chapel you have a sense of eager, hearing the entrance music of the drums. People entering and looking for their seats as if they wouldn't be able to find a seat. As the introduction speech was said, the lights seem to focus more on the drums and the performers, who are going to play the drums. Many of the performances, the drum beats, makes your heart to pound harder or louder. Which Feeling the beat going through everywhere making it more exciting. The sound of the beat and the rhythm travels everywhere and bounces off the walls. Each song had their own tempo, tone, beat, rhythm and how it's synchronized with other drums. Each song that is being played, every bang of the drum makes you to seem to travel a new world. Even making you feel a different sense as if making you more stronger or more bolder.
This event gives me an idea of the Japanese culture connecting to "When The Emperor Was Divine," each culture has its own charm, their own joy. Which as in seen in the Japanese drumming the performers was playing with joy, seen through their smile and movement . The Japanese drumming also is played during special events in the Japanese culture. The music Taiko can even represent nature or the weather. For example depending using which kind of instruments (bamboo flute, Japanese guitar the shamisen, the different sizes of the drums) and the rhythm.
This event and the big read, "When The Emperor Was Divine" affected me to understand the experience of the Japanese that hasn't been talked in our everyday topics. All cultures are beautiful and unique. Just because someone's native country has done something terrible does not define all it's people. EVERYONE IS UNIQUE.