Richard Man – Photography and Calligraphy

November 28, 2008

Ringtaro Tateishi, Taiko Master

Filed under: photography — Tags: , — richard @ 1:31 am


Ringtaro was a member of Ondekoza, one of the most famous taiko groups from Japan. They did a tour in the U.S. from 1990-1993.

That didn’t sound too impressive, but how about this addendum – they ran ~20+ miles just about every day during those 3 years, even when they had a performance. They ran the perimeter of the U.S.A., through rain, hot sun, snow, etc.. In fact, they would run to their performance venue, or some times just moved their drums to the top of the truck, and then played. They even ran actual marathons. In New York, they ran the NY Marathon, then played at Carnegie Hall.

That’s not all. On top of that, their goal was for the entire group to run the entire distance. Shortly into the tour, they lost their driver. So, each day one of them would drive the truck ahead 5 miles, and then wait for the rest of the group to arrive. When the first one showed up, that one would drive the original driver back to the starting point so he or she could run the length everyone else had – while the driver drove the truck ahead to 5 miles beyond the previous stopping point – and so on. (Yes, the truck drove the distance 3 times altogether!).

The best thing about Ringtaro is that he is a great person. Humorous, a good teacher, of the best in the world and yet humble.

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