For over 25 years Fubuki Daiko’s members have been teaching the art of taiko (Japanese drumming) to Manitoba students.
Trained by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka, the father of North American taiko, the group has thrilled audiences throughout Canada, the U.S, Mexico and Poland with their musicianship, humour, and sheer physical stamina. Their debut CD received a Prairie Music Award for Outstanding Instrumental Recording.
Fubuki Daiko employs a culturally specific approach to arts education based on the Japanese concept of Kumi Daiko or group drumming where students learn to work together as a collective unit. Each student is encouraged to find their own voice as they learn to kiai (shout). At the same time, they discover through their co-operation with each other, the instructors, and the drums, that they are part of something greater than themselves. A concept of belonging is generated which is relational and expansive rather than self referential and self-directed.
Hiroshi and Naomi consistently display professionalism and commitment to excellence in their music and the education of children. They live the example of respect for others. This is the Artists in the School program that students always ask to be part of because they remember the performance from three or four years ago. I highly recommend the drumming program of Fubuki Daiko as one of the best programs in the Artists in the Schools program.
—Barb Grexton, retired teacher, Grandview, MB
Hiroshi and Naomi are masters of their art but they are also masters of teaching. They demonstrate joy in their drumming which the students pick up on quickly. They set the stage for success. They direct and redirect the students with positivity and patience. Working with Fubuki Daiko exposes students to a cultural activity they otherwise would not have. From the very beginning, students are taught to respect the learning space, demonstrate humility and self-discipline.
—Kerri Gaminek, teacher, Oak Bluff School
I liked drumming because it gets rid of our bad thoughts and it shows me to listen with manners. I didn't feel silly anymore closing my eyes at the end. I felt great, awesome, and calm. I learned to bow to the drums to show respect and it takes our bad thoughts away. Thank you!
—Student from Jack River School, Norway House, MB