In the spring I was able to attend the Japanese Festival in Downtown Phoenix. This festival is held every year and draws a large crowd. Along with a Comic Con type cosplay costume contest, kites, and lots of mouth watering food, there is drumming, lots and lots of drumming. I knew the person running the Drum stage. She had come all the way up from Tucson from Odaiko Sonora Southern Arizona’s Taiko-za. On the drumming stage several Taiko Drumming Schools came together to play. It was vibrant, energetic, and very loud. I took out my camera to get some shots of these amazing people who gather to play for you. The video says it all.