In February, Japanese taiko troupe Yamato live-streamed a series of drumming performances for the world to watch online for free. Good news: these eight recordings are still available on the troupe’s YouTube channel.
Each of the performances are carried out in a different part of Asuka village in Nara prefecture, where the group originates. At a time when international travel is virtually impossible, the chance to see some of the lesser known parts of Japan (as a backdrop to these powerful performances) is a rare treat. Venues include the historical Okadera Temple and the breathtaking Asukanotanada rice terraces.
Here are all eight of the performances for you to enjoy from home:
The Beat of the Prayer Vol 1, performed at Ishibutai Kofun
The Beat of the Prayer Vol 2, performed at Asukadera Temple
The Beat of the Prayer Vol. 3, performed at Asukanotanada rice terraces
The Beat of the Prayer Vol. 4, performed at Gufukuji Temple
The Beat of the Prayer Vol. 5, performed at the Kitorakofun
The Beat of the Prayer Vol. 6, performed at Asukaniimasu Shrine
The Beat of the Prayer Vol. 7, performed at Okadera Temple
The Beat of the Prayer Vol. 8, performed at the top of Amakashi Hill
While there’s no certainty when it will be safe for us to attend live performances in person again, the spirit and energy of these drummers are powerful enough to make the performances worth watching all the way through.
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