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Finding My Rhythm...Literally

I have always been fascinated by drums. Especially the big bass drums that are a notable part of any marching band. I still vividly remember the swelling I would feel in my heart when the drums would beat, starting off a high school cheer rally or sporting event. It was awesome! So inspiring!!!

When we moved to Tokyo last year, I immediately sought out ways for me and my kids to connect to the community and the culture. One of my daughters was interested in learning Taiko drumming. Why? Well, most likely because one of her new friends was doing it...but also because she is naturally drawn to all things musical. So I signed her up for lessons.

For a myriad of reasons, she didn't begin her learning until January. For most, this was mid-session. The bulk of students had already completed months of training. Thankfully, it took her no time to catch up. I watched every lesson, in complete awe of the fantastic sounds being produced by this group of children. I attended the performances and yearned to be a part of it myself.

So this year, I joined the beginner class. I am with kids as young as three years old...and I love every minute of it! Though not musically inclined (I NEVER thought I would be playing the drums), the experience has expanded my every horizon