by Scott, staff writer of japan-guide.com
This journal is a log of my travels within Japan. Here you'll find my personal opinions on the places I've been and the things I've seen. Also expect to see the occasional review and editorial. Thanks for reading.
2007/09/18 - Kodo One Earth Tour
I've seen Kodo live a few times now, and I always leave their shows feeling thoroughly impressed and with a renewed interest in taiko. My favorite song of this year's One Earth concert was the opening piece called "Burning". The energy of the song combined with the choreography of the dancing and jumping was really fun to watch.
They also performed other Kodo staples such as "Monochrome", a shime song that really highlights the speed and skill of the performers, and "Odaiko", which (not so suprisingly) is played almost entirely on an odaiko.
The 2008 One Earth Tour goes from January 29th - March 27 in Europe and comes back to Japan May 9th - June 25th. Check out their schedule for more information. If you like taiko then they are not to be missed.
Kodo isn't the only professional group but they are one of the most travelled and internationally recognized groups in Japan. Along with the One Earth Tour they also have an annual Earth Celebration three day festival held in August on Sado Island in Niigata prefecture.