Live Music Preview: Kodo


Kodo are not your local matsuri’s Taiko. Their performances are equal parts theater, ritual and block party, with 20-plus performers putting Broadway flair to black-belt precision (and not an ounce of body fat among them, I might add). The stage is in constant flux. Dancers, drummers, traditional instrumentalists and stagehands moving massive drums — some weighing nearly 400 kg. — alter the aural and visual landscape with almost superhuman alacrity. These guys are serious, but never betray how much fun they’re having. Their bonhomie, like the beat, is infectious.

Read the full preview at The Japan Times Online.

Kodo | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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