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January Spotlight: Fushu Daiko (Japan Arts, Inc.)

Posted By Charlotte Gill, Thursday, January 30, 2020

January Spotlight: Fushu Daiko (Japan Arts, Inc.)

 

This month, Nonprofits First is focusing our member spotlight on a world many of us aren’t familiar with: traditional Japanese performing arts.

 

Fushu Daiko (Japan Arts Inc) educates and enriches our community through performances, classes, workshops, and outreach programs related to the experience of taiko drumming. 

 

There’s a lot to learn and understand, so we asked Ben Miller, executive director of

Fushu Daiko, to explain his organization and its mission in Palm Beach County and beyond.

 

 

1)  What does Fushu Daiko do?

 

Ben Miller: Fushu Daiko educates and enriches the South Florida community by presenting traditional Japanese performing arts in a modern and innovative form that is unique to South Florida - reflecting the multicultural make-up of our ensemble and the South Florida culture in which we live. In performances, classes, workshops, and community outreach programs, we promote healthy individuals and connected communities through the energetic experience of taiko drumming. 

 

2)  How popular are your classes? 

 

Ben Miller: Our classes surge in popularity during our festival season from January to April. During this time, many people see us for the first time and become interested in learning taiko for themselves. 

 

We hold ongoing taiko training for adults at our South Florida Taiko Dojo in Davie. Classes are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Class size ranges from six to 15 drummers.

 

People can sign up for a free intro class by visiting our website:

http://www.fushudaiko.org/classes.php

 

After their free intro, we encourage them to drop in to our basic taiko class for a $20 fee.  

 

3) Why is it important for people to learn about traditional Japanese drumming?

 

Ben Miller: The nature of Taiko Drumming itself offers many healing and spiritual benefits. The effects created by entraining rhythms within and between the drummers and audiences enhance and align biorhythms. This strengthens the immune system, releases toxins, and helps to increase a state of wellbeing. Taiko drummers find practicing and performing can be a great stress relief.  Audience members often report experiencing emotional releases and being moved to tears by the taiko performance. 

By practicing taiko drumming, communication skills are also improved and self-confidence in built. The strenuous physical activity that taiko requires keeps the muscles in shape and helps to release pent up or unresolved emotions. The joyful celebratory nature of taiko drumming helps to lift the spirits of those who are in the presence of the spectacle and vibrations. 

 

4) Why did you become a member of Nonprofits First?

 

Ben Miller: We joined Nonprofits First because we are a young and developing nonprofit in need of all the support we can get.  Nonprofits First give us the confidence and resources to expand our fundraising efforts, grow our capacity to serve, and strength our existing organization. They also happen to be a really nice group of people who are enthusiastic about their mission. 

 

 Learn more about Fushu Daiko here.

 

If you know a great story about a local nonprofit, please share it with Charlotte Gill, Nonprofits First’s director of development and business strategies. Her email is: cgill@nonprofitsfirst.org

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Tags:  Arts  Cultural Council  Culture  Japan Arts  Membership  Nonprofit  Palm Beach County  Storytelling 

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