Photo-Opportunity - Thunder of Famous Japanese Taiko Drums Coming to Toronto for One-time Memorable Performance

    Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre to share power and passion of
    world-renowned Taiko drummers with Canadian audience for first time

    TORONTO, July 21 /CNW/ - Japan's world-renowned Taiko drummers, Tennon
Daiko, from Gobo City, Wakayama, Japan, will be performing for the first time
in Canada at a very special concert at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre,
one of largest outside of Japan. This 16-member team will treat the audience
to the sound and feel of the thunderous rhythms of the Taiko drums that are
rumored to be able to shake the heavens and invoke the spirits while, at the
same time, replicating the rhythms of one's own heartbeat.
    The concert's opening act will feature a touching tribute to Daihachi
Oguchi by one of Toronto's premiere Taiko drum groups, Yakudo. Oguchi-san was
a Taiko Master, founder of Osuwa Daiko and a pioneer of Kumi-daiko (Taiko
ensembles). His visit to Toronto in the late 1970's inspired the start-up of
Toronto Suwa Daiko who later became Yakudo. Oguchi-san passed away in June.

    This performance is going to be memorable and is guaranteed to resonate
through mind, body and soul!

    Date:       Thursday August 14, 2008
    Time:       7:00 pm
    Location:   The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
                6 Garamond Court, Toronto, Ontario (Don Mills and Eglinton,
                north east of the Ontario Science Centre), 416-441-2345
    Admission:  $25 ($5 discount for Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

    About Tennon Daiko

    Tennon Daiko was formed in September 1982 by those who wished to create
their own art form using the Taiko. They hail from Gobo city in the Hidaka
area of Wakayama-ken, Japan. The name, Tennon Daiko, was given to them by the
chief priest of Tennonzan-dojou temple. Their aims are to establish a lasting
place for Tennon Daiko in the local cultural scene, permit children a chance
to participate in very healthy activity through Taiko drumming, and to enhance
mutual understanding through international exchange.
    Last year Tennon Daiko celebrated its 25th Anniversary, where they
invited two of Yakudo's members to be a part of the group. It was a great
honour for Akiko and Yuko (of Yakudo) to experience first-hand, the dynamics
of the very large group made up of all ages and ranging in Taiko experience
and wisdom. The more senior members are full of passion, talent and energy,
and are extremely dedicated to the group and community. They have performed in
New York, London, Australia and are now coming to Toronto.

    About the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre

    The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) is one of the largest
Japanese cultural centre outside of Japan. It is a registered charity
(BN118972967RR0001) that has been serving the Greater Toronto Area for more
than forty years. In 2008, the JCCC is celebrating 80 years of diplomatic
relations between Canada & Japan by hosting various special performances
including a Noh performance in October and The Road to Asia Festival in
    For more information on the JCCC and its activities, visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Victoria Ollers, (416)
822-2288,; or Paul Tyler, (905) 235-PAUL (7285),

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