Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival

Monterey History and Art at Stanton Center presents an exclusive take drumming performance by Shinsho Mugen Daiko on Friday, April 14  and Saturday, April 15 at 7:30pm. 

Tickets: stanton@montereyhistory.org

“Taiko” means “big drum”—the Japanese drums of simple and elegant design that have remained unchanged throughout the ages. Taiko has evolved into a performing art full of energy, harmony, and movement reminiscent of martial arts. As powerful and beautiful as taiko is, the visual aspect dominates. The music is rooted in traditional songs and rhythms, but reaches out to include musical elements from around the world.

Cherry blossoms represent spring and renewal, and are also a symbol of beauty, They are the unofficial national flower of Japan, where they are beloved for their beautiful but short-lived blooms. This creates a poignant reflection on mortality and the temporary nature of life. In Japan, the cherry blossom symbolizes a Shinto concept known as “mono no aware”—the beauty of impermanence.

For information, please call the Stanton Center at 831-373-2608.

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