Now that I’ve graduated, I actually have time to study Japanese… for fun. I’ve cracked open my dusty textbook and am focusing on learning how to read Japanese. At some point in the future, I want to be able to pick up a book, a magazine, or a newspaper and actually know what it says. If someone were to read it to me, I could probably understand most of it, but trying to read it on my own, I can’t do it… yet.
With a new strategy, I hope to make some real progress. One step at a time!
Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Last night I saw a local taiko group give a performance to raise money to assist Japan in wake of the recent disaster. I have seen this group a few times before and they usually perform in a smaller group of 3 to 4 drummers. For this performance they had the entire group playing all at once; about 8 people. It was great to see the full ensemble. You could really feel the massive nature of their sound. It was also interesting to watch the interaction between each of the members; cheering one another on.
Once I graduate and have a more manageable schedule, I’ll join a taiko group and one day give a performance like the one I saw last night.