Preserving culture is both rediscovering your roots and letting your expression of culture be alive.
With her contagious smile, Toni Y. Yagami teaches taiko, Japanese drumming, in Denver. “For me, taiko is not only the actual sound of the drum, but of all things in nature uniting with the soul of the person playing and the person hearing the sound,” says Yagami, taiko instructor and performer. Taiko has been described as the ‘heartbeat’; and as the connection between humans and nature and the world beyond. “To some, it may just be the sound of a bachi (taiko drumstick) hitting the head of the taiko playing some rhythm; but if you really listen and ‘feel the sound’, you will know it is much more than that.” ~ Toni Yagami