Watch taiko drumming group ‘Soh Daiko’ perform at a Japan Parade 2023 preview event in NYC. Performers featured in the video above are Miyuki Takahashi, Julianna Hessel, Tamiko Ooka and Keiko Yamamoto.
NYC locals can watch ‘Soh Daiko‘ performing live at Japan Parade on Saturday, May 13 from 1:00 – 3:30 pm. The parade’s route will be taking place on Central Park West from 81st Street to 67th Street. (Heading south towards 67th Street.)
Japan Parade’s opening ceremony will commence at 12:30 pm and then officially begin its float route at 1:00 pm. Olympic Champion figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi will serve as the parade’s 2nd ever Grand Marshal.
Soh Daiko Performing Members:
Member since 2007
Member since 2018
Member since 2002
Member since 2020
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About Soh Daiko
“Established in 1979, Soh Daiko was the first taiko drumming group on the East Coast of the U.S.
The group performs a variety of original compositions and arrangements that, in addition to the drums, incorporate accessory instruments such as bamboo flutes, brass bells, conch shells, gongs, African shekere, and more.
Much more than mere percussion, Soh Daiko’s presentation also features the visual element of movement and choreography, requiring physical strength, endurance, and energy, which makes taiko such an exciting performance experience.”
About Japan Parade:
“The 2nd Annual Japan Parade will take place on Central Park West from 81st Street to 67th Street on Saturday, May 13th, beginning at 1:00 pm with the opening ceremony from 12:30 pm. Olympic gold medalist, author, and Always Dream Founder Kristi Yamaguchi will serve as this year’s Grand Marshal.
This year’s parade will also feature a live performance by the cast of the 2.5-Dimensional show from Japan, Live Spectacle “NARUTO”. We are also seeking the attendance of senior representatives of NYC for the parade’s opening ceremony.
Alongside the Japan Parade, the Japan Street Fair will be held on West 72nd Street, and will feature activities including calligraphy, water balloon yo-yo fishing, origami, photo opportunities, and a giveaway.
Also at the street fair, JAPAN Fes will be organizing over 20 tents serving authentic Japanese food, nearly doubling the number of tents from last year.
Participating groups include Anime NYC (Anime Convention), COBU (Drum), Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir, International Karate Organization Kyokushinkaikan, The Japanese Folk Dance of NY,Katsura Sunshine (Rakugo Comedian), Midori & Friends (Music Education Group), Soh Daiko (Drum), TATE Hatoryu NY (Sword Fighting), Yosakoi Dance Project 10tecomai, Young People’s Chorus of NYC, and many more.”
More Japan Parade NYC Exclusive Videos & Interviews
Be sure to read and watch:
– Ambassador Mikio Mori Interview: Japan Parade 2023 in NYC (Video)
– Executive Producer Kumiko Yoshii Interview: Japan Parade 2023 in NYC (Video)
– New York State Senator Luis R. Sepúlveda talks Japan Parade 2023 (Video)
– George Takei Interview: First Japan Parade NYC Grand Marshal
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