The club’s taiko drum heads seemed to have lost a bit of their tone over the years and we thought it was time to tighten it up! We were able to get local taiko guru Doug Masuhara to assist us (with equipment borrowed from Chibi Taiko). I couldn’t believe how much tension these drums and skins go through! We really depended on Doug’s expertise for this job. The improvement of the drum’s tone was like night and day. We hope to arrange another day to tighten the other side as well! We look forward to playing the taiko in our future kempo events!
This year marked the 35th time Shorinji Kempo has demonstrated at the Powell Street Festival. We were blessed with a sunny day although it was a bit smoky from the province’s many forest fires. This year we tried using some shakuhachi music to set the mood during meditation. Our taiko drum was getting repaired, so we went without it this year. Demonstrations this year included dantai embu and tandoku embu and even some protective gear sparring. The entire demonstration was completed smoothly with no injuries, making it another successful event. Everybody enjoyed the shared food and drink at the after party celebrations, the perfect ending to a great day.
This year for Kaiso Day Kenshi went out to Burnaby Lake to help manage invasive species! We learned a lot about the efforts of local volunteers to help the plants and animals maintain harmonious balance with humans. Thanks to all who came out for showing their Shorinji Kempo spirit. Special thanks to Lise Townsend for her efforts in coordinating the involvement of our branch.