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2017 Kodo Group Portrait


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Yesterday the Kodo Group gathered in the rehearsal hall at Kodo Village for a 2017 group portrait.
We kindly ask for your continued support throughout the year ahead.


Happy New Year!


English follows Japanese.

Photo: Takashi OkamotoPhoto: Takashi Okamoto

Happy New Year!

We sincerely hope that 2017 is a wonderful year for all of you.
We wish you all a happy, healthy year ahead!

Thank you all for your continued support.

Kodo


Kodo’s Last Day of Work for 2017


Dec. 27 was our last day of work for 2016.

We celebrated Kodo’s 35th anniversary in 2016, which was a year filled with new encounters around the world and exciting new challenges. We pushed ourselves to discover brand new possibilities in artistic expression. In this milestone year, we also made a giant leap towards the next era of our group.

In 2017, we look forward to sharing performances with you all that we hope will move you to the very core.

Thank you all for your continued support.
Best wishes from all of us for a happy, healthy new year.

Photo: Taro Nishita

Kodo members gather in the Kodo Village Dining Hall on the last day of work for 2017


“The Year’s End” by Yuichiro Funabashi


Dec. 7, 2016

The Year’s End

Photo: Erika Ueda
Hello, everyone. How are you?
The end of the year is upon us. How was this year for you? Personally, I became the Ensemble Leader of Kodo in the group’s 35th year and it feels like it was just the other day that I was penning my first greeting… that’s how fast this year has flown for me! Thanks to your support, the help from our senior members, and guidance from many people, Kodo has carried out a broad range of projects in many regions and countries. I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to everyone who made our activities possible.

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“Kodo One Earth Tour: Spiral” is currently in the final leg of its Japan tour. Since the premiere at Suntory Hall in August, the program has been gaining depth on the road with every performance. We really hope you will come along to the theater to experience the sound we have been crafting over the past months, and years. Let us “charge your batteries” with the sound of taiko so you can start the new year fully energized.

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

By the way, as the year’s end started to approach, I was doing some tidying and I came across a memo of a passage I had written down from an essay I read at the beginning of the year.

“Everything that grows changes. And it becomes more complex. With growth, how we think and behave becomes more complex, more multilayered, and we become more detailed and profound.”

These are the words* of philosopher and martial artist Tatsuru Uchida. They are words that express feelings of worry about Japan. He says Japan is moving backwards… that Japan’s sudden growth and changes are accompanied by fear and distortion. This is strikingly clear when you look at the political and economical situation in Japan and abroad.

*Note: This is an English translation of the original Japanese quote.

Photo: Takashi Okamoto
However, this year I took part in our “Chaos” and “Spiral” tours and these words made me think of Kodo, a group that is constantly trying to grow. In the middle of the growth process, we have a certain rawness. But I felt firsthand that Tamasaburo Bando used these productions to present Kodo with a future mission. This experience made me become determined to create performances that our audiences will thoroughly enjoy and to always share good sound.

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

Rehearsals at Kodo Village for “Yugen” (Nov. 2016)

Next year will begin with our “DADAN 2017″ USA Tour, “Hatsune Miku x Kodo Collaboration”, and encore performances of “Michi.” In spring, we will take the stage with Tamasaburo Bando for a brand new production, “Yugen.” As you can see, the first half of 2017 will be a very exciting, productive six months.

Next year, we will continue to pour our hearts into creating soul-stirring sound that will move and energize our audiences. We will do our very best to make next year a wonderful year. We wish you all a happy, healthy new year.

 

Yuichiro Funabashi, Ensemble Leader, Kodo


All Together to Start the New Year!


Photo: Kosuke Nakagawa

The Kodo Group on  Jan. 16, 2016, in Shukunegi, Sado Island, Niigata, Japan

We have started our year with a spring in our step as we begin rehearsals and work.
Thank you in advance for your continued support of Kodo throughout 2016!


Happy New Year!


Happy New Year!

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Thank you very much for your kind support throughout 2015 and to date.

In 2016, Kodo celebrates its 35th anniversary.

Moving forward, we will endeavor to present better performances than ever before.

Thank you in advance for your continued support.

We wish you all a very happy and healthy new year.

 

Kodo
Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble


Happy New Year from Kodo


Happy New Year from All of Us!

May 2015 be a happy and fruitful year for all of you.

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Photo taken at Sado Island Taiko Centre on January 13, 2015

“Happy New Year!” from Tomohiro Mitome


Jan. 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

I hope 2015 will be a wonderful year for all of you.

In 2014, Kodo was blessed with so many new encounters as we performed all over Japan and internationally, sharing numerous productions: “Legend,” “Mystery,” “DADAN,” “Eternity,” “School Workshop Performances,” “Kodo Special Performances on Sado Island,” and more!

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

In 2015, we will continue to aim for new heights of stage expression under the guidance of our artistic director Tamasaburo Bando. From our veterans through to our young new members, we will work diligently as an ensemble to create performances with our audience’s enjoyment in mind.

I kindly ask for your continued guidance and encouragement this year.

 

Tomohiro Mitome

Kodo Ensemble Leader

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Season’s Greetings from Kodo


Season’s Greetings

Thank you very much for your continued support throughout 2014.

We wish you all a very happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!

 

Our Year-End Holidays

The Kodo Office will be closed from Dec. 27 (Sat) until Jan. 8 (Thu), 2015.

The Kodo Online Store English website will be closed from Dec. 25 (Thu) until Jan. 9 (Fri), 2015 and orders cannot be placed at all during this period. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding.

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