Upbeat and ecstatic
It proved once again that music has no language yet it can still touch souls when Japanese cultural group Akafuji Daiko — a group of drummers — played their special drums at Hotel Yak and Yeti, Durbar Marg on September 3. And the hearts of everyone present at the venue danced with joy and ecstasy with their energetic and exciting beats.
The event was organised by Nepal-Japan Friendship Society (NJFS) to mark and celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Nepal and Japan.
More Japanese drum music resounded at the event. After Kutumba, Akafuji Daiko returned on stage with their members as young as three-year old drummer to university students to 60-year-old woman. They played Evadono referring to Japanese mountain, Machuri (Festival) and Saaruhasi (Monkey Bridge). While playing Machuri, Nepali drum players who had learned the Japanese drum through culture exchange programme joined them to produce the most energetic sound.
The event which began with a welcome dance in Musukka Hasyo Bari Lai by the students of Bagmati School had Japanese Ambassador Masashi Ogawa, Minister of Labour and Employment Surya Man Gurung and other dignitaries among the crowd.