Japan’s traditional drummers to perform in Manila and Davao

Get ready to experience the heart-pumping rhythms and electrifying energy of Yamato, the world-renowned traditional wadaiko drum group from Japan. This June, they will be performing in the Philippines again at the Theatre at Solaire in Manila on 11 June and at Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School in Davao City on 13 June.

YAMATO, one of the world’s greatest Japanese drummers, will be performing again in the Philippines.

Organized by The Japan Foundation, Manila and presented by JT International

(Philippines) Inc., Yamato the Drummers of Japan Live! Philippine Tour 2023 marks the group’s first Philippine performance after over a decade. They have been thrilling audiences around the world with over 4,000 performances in 54 countries.

“As an instrument that has accompanied people since ancient times, taiko’s deep reverberations have always inspired and encouraged them,” said Yamato’s artistic director, Masa Ogawa. “Our mission is to share the beauty of taiko with the world and make it resonate more.”

JFM director Ben Suzuki said, “The year 2023 marks the 50th commemorative year of ASEAN-Japan relations. ASEAN and Japan agreed to designate the year 2023 as the 50th Year of
ASEAN-Japan Friendship and Cooperation. To celebrate this milestone, JFM has invited Yamato, one of the world-class Japanese drummers, to perform again in the Philippines. The live sound of Japanese drums will provide an authentic cultural experience that has been missed due to the pandemic, and we hope it encourages people and celebrates this memorable anniversary of the relationship between Japan and the Philippines. Moreover, in Davao, we will commemorate the 120th anniversary of Japanese migration in the Philippines.”

Admission to the concert is free of charge, but the audience must obtain tickets via the

TicketWorld website. The event is supported by the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Philippines, and the Japanese Association, Manila. The Davao performance is co-organized by Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai, Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku, and the PNJK International School, and supported by the Consulate General of Japan in Davao.