Yesterday I went to the Destinations Holiday & Travel Show at Earl’s Court. Even though I can’t really afford a holiday this year, I thought I would go for some inspiration (plus I had a free ticket!). I enjoyed wandering around and looking at brochures for far away destinations but, at the end of the day, there’s only one country I want to visit: Japan.
I was delighted to find that one of the acts on the World Entertainment Stage was Joji Hirota‘s taiko drummers! I’ve seen Joji perform a number of times and he never disappoints. I love taiko, and he might be my favourite taiko drummer (at least in the UK).
Here’s one of the pieces they played:
Joji Hirota will be playing a concert at St John’s Wood Church in London on Saturday 10th March. Beyond the Requiem: One year from the earthquake will feature Joji Hirota with the London Metropolitan Orchestra (select) and London TaikoEnsembes. Guests include Hiroyuki Kanezaki (piano), Masato Okubo (Japanese flute), and the Toramai, a legendary Japanese tiger dance group from Iwate-ken. Tickets cost £20 for adults (£15 for students). For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
I had thought about going back to the show today but I woke up to thick snow covering the streets of London and thought better of trying to go anywhere by public transport. Besides, picking up all those travel brochures is far, far too tempting! 😉