If you listen to the Trashmagination podcast, you know I creatively reuse trash. My other hobby is playing taiko, or Japanese drums. You wouldn’t think those hobbies would have any commonalities – but they do!
You can listen to my podcast episode about taiko and creative reuse in this YouTube video. It originally aired in March 2017.
Fun Facts about Taiko and Creative Reuse:
- Most taiko built in North America are actually a great example of creative reuse.
- The Japanese word motannai means to regret waste and the word gomi means trash.
- You can make a practice taiko from a trash can.
- Both taiko and Trashmagination are built on the same value of interdependence.
- I first learned about taiko because of Trashmagination.
Motainnai Song by Nobuko Miyamoto and FandangObon
Taiko-themed Creative Reuse Crafts by Trashmagination
- a drum craft using recycled applesauce plastic cups
- a taiko player from plastic caps
- an okedo – or the type of drum you wear on a strap over your shoulder – from wine corks
- a tenugui – or the towel that you dance with at traditional Obon festivals
Trashmagination Checklist – Recommendations of Activities to Try Based on this Episode
- Try a new activity – Expand your happiness by continuing to try activities, even when you think you are old enough to be set in your ways.
- Find a taiko performance near you – Spring and summer is a great time to find taiko as we participate in Cherry Blossom events in spring and Obon festivals in summer.
- Find a group of people who want to chase a goal with you – It can be life-changing to be part of a group where everyone is motivated with the idea of doing something great.
My taiko group is Nen Daiko
- Check out our Performances page for shows, open houses and workshops.
- Follow Nen Daiko on Facebook
- Follow Nen Daiko on Instagram and use the hashtag #nendaiko if you take photos or videos of us.
- Script for this podcast episode about taiko and creative reuse (not a transcript but gives the main ideas)
- The Trashmagination podcast theme music is Kitchen from the Marian Circle Drum Brigade.