One of the goals of Earth Celebration is to foster mutual understanding through shared experiences. Our aim is to make EC a festival not just to observe, but to actively participate in as well, so our workshops have a place at EC as important as the Shiroyama Concerts. Workshops provide participants with the opportunity to play music, make handicrafts, and experience the magic of performing folk arts from all over Japan, not to mention the vibrant traditional arts of Sado Island.
(1) Taiko / Sound Catch
Aug. 23 (Fri) 10:00-12:00
Explore simple improvisation and create new and exciting sounds together as a group. Basic taiko experience required.
(2) Taiko / O-daiko Workshop [Workshop Full]
Yoshikazu Fujimoto (Kodo)
Aug. 23 (Fri) 13:30-15:30
Pour your soul into each strike! Play with complete devotion! Make strong, soft, feel-good sounds! The list goes on… Let’s approach the instrument with the idea of “singing through the drum” in mind.
(3) Flute / Striving for Good Sound
Motofumi Yamagucchi (Kodo)
Aug. 24 (Sat) 10:00-12:00
This workshop is for experienced shinobue (bamboo flute) players and will focus on honing skills to create better sound with the instrument.
(4) (7) Taiko, Flute, Singing, Dance / Ogi Okesa (Sado Island)
Ogi Sazanamikai (Sado)
Aug. 24 (Sat)
Taiko Full, Flute, Singing）
Passed down for generations on the island, Ogi Okesa is the original folk song on which the famous Sado Okesa is based. Come join the circle and enjoy a special session of music and dance that you can only experience on Sado.
(8) Taiko / Miyake Taiko (Miyake Island) [Workshop Full]
Miyakejima Geino Doshikai (Tsumura & Sons)
Aug. 25 (Sun) 10:00-12:00
Drumming from a low stance, breathing in time with the base drummer, you’ll feel the spirit of Miyake Island’s unique drumming style with your entire body.
(9) Dance/ Hamakawachi Onidaiko
Kawachi Wakeshi (Sado)
Aug. 25 (Sun) 13:00-15:30
This workshop teaches demon drumming (onidaiko), a performing art native to Sado Island. Come and move your body with all of your might and feel the joy that arises from deep within.
(10) Taiko / Hachijo Daiko (Hahijo Island) [Workshop Full]
Hiroo Asanuma (Hachijo Daiko Raccokai)
Aug. 25 (Sun) 13:30-15:30
Hachijo Daiko embodies rhythms and a drumming style indigenous to Hachijo Island. It is performed by two people drumming simultaneously on both sides of one drum.
Get Involved, Take a Workshop!
To take part in a workshop, please see the page below.