Little Drummer Girl ~ People of Japan

Little Nanachan was helping to keep everyone in line. This was her first performance, according to the announcer, and she was off to a fine start.


You may smile and think we are humoring her (and her parents), but actually this is the age that many start signing up for things like taiko drums, which they will then practice all their life. My son went to a few practices starting at 4, but ultimately he decided he didn't like it and I wasn't going to push him into it.

Nanachan was performing with the adult group, but some taiko performances will bring out the entire group of fresh talent, which is nothing more than a group of 3-4 year olds pounding on drums randomly for a few minutes. It may not be much, but everyone has to start somewhere.

Hi thereDavid LaSpina is an American photographer and translator lost in Japan, trying to capture the beauty of this country one photo at a time and searching for the perfect haiku.

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