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Catch the Beat: ‘Yamato Live! 2023’ Brings Japanese Drumming to Manila and Davao

Experience the thrilling rhythms of YAMATO: The Best of Japanese Drumming Live in Manila and Davao this June!

Experience the adrenaline-charged beats, heart-pumping rhythms, and electrifying energy of YAMATO, the world-renowned traditional Wadaiko drum group from Japan. Get ready to have your soul stirred and your passion ignited as this internationally acclaimed drumming ensemble delivers pulse-raising performances. Mark your calendars for their upcoming shows in the Philippines: catch them at the Theatre at Solaire in Manila on June 11 and at the Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School in Davao on June 13. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary musical experience!

Drumming Up Excitement

Organized by The Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM) and presented by JT International (Philippines) Inc., YAMATO THE DRUMMERS OF JAPAN Live! Philippine Tour 2023 will be a show to remember. This Philippine Tour marks the group’s first return to the country in over a decade. With more than 4,000 performances under their belt in 54 countries, YAMATO has a global reputation for their breathtaking choreography and explosive drumming, bound to enthral both returning fans and first-timers.

An Ancient Art with a Modern Twist

“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 Mr. Ben Suzuki shared, “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 for the Manila performance and Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai for the Davao show.

The event is presented by JT International (Philippines) Inc., 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 (PNJK), Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (MKD), and PNJK International School, with support from the Consulate General of Japan in Davao. Event partners: Theatre at Solaire, Philippine Airlines, and Nippon Express (Philippines) Corporation.


Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to immerse yourself in a unique cultural experience. Feel the rhythm, experience the energy, and let YAMATO’s Japanese drums stir your soul!

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