Nov 3rd, 2009
The second drumming concert was sponsored by the Japanese Department of Agriculture as part of a Japanese fruits export symposium in Abu Dhabi. The concert was held at the Japanese Ambassador’s residence at the opening of a Japanese imported fruit tasting for the spouses and relatives of distinguished ambassadors from many different countries stationed in Abu Dhabi. All of the guests at this event were women dignitaries, and in compliance with Islamic rule in Abu Dhabi, no men are allowed to perform for the all-woman audience. This was the first time that the Kyougaku Taiko Drummers performed with an all woman entourage at such a high-level international concert. The women drummers put on a sensational performance that delighted the guests who all stayed afterword for autographs and questions.
All of the drummers were treated to a welcome lunch at the Ambassador’s residence the day after the drummers arrived in Abu Dhabi. At this luncheon, the drummers were able to spend time with members of the Japanese community living in Abu Dhabi. Many thanks to our gracious hosts for their wonderful hospitality.