Hello TP blog followers! Audrey here reporting about the End of Asano Debt Celebration that took place April 5, 2014. After 12 years of making payments to the Asano Taiko company for our *awesome* set of taiko drums, TAIKOPROJECT made our final payment this month! To celebrate the occasion, we had a small gathering comprised of our close friends, family, TP alumni, and TP supporters to look back on TP’s 14 years of creative work.
TP members met early to set up the tables, prepare all the delicious foods and beverages, and decorate the Higashi Honganji social hall with photo boards and memorabilia. An hour later, our practice space was transformed into a beautiful venue for our reception!
Ready for the guests!
Mmmmmm, get into mah belly.
Photoboard filled with TP memories
Hello Blaine. o_o
Making spam musubi
The guests began filing in soon after we finished setting up. After a period of mingling and catching up with old friends, Jen started off the evening’s program by giving a warm welcome speech and recalled her memories of when she first joined 10 years ago. After her talk, we performed two songs: Obvious Designs and Kodama. So fun!
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A room full of family and friends
After our performance, speeches were given by Maz, Katsuji Asano, Rinban Ito, and Lisa. Each recounted their own unique experience and relationship with TAIKOPROJECT. Katsuji Asano congratulated us on paying off the debt and on all of TP’s success and looks forward to having future invoices with us in the future– of which there will be plenty more, I’m sure! We then made our way outside into the playground area where Courtney gave a sake toast which set the mood for what was to come next– the burning of the last invoice! Bryan then shared his gratitude to Asano Taiko and all of TP’s friends, family, and alumni for all the support they have given TP over the years. Without their support, this feat would not have been possible!
The guests listening to Courtney’s toast
Liz and her cute apron, and Kelvin… being Kelvin
But, alas, all good things must come to an end. After Bryan’s final speech, the guests began to say their goodbyes and started filing out while TP stayed after to clean up. Such a fun night filled with fond memories, laughs, and a lot of love. I feel very honored to have been able to be apart of such a momentous event in TP’s history. Congratulations, TAIKOPROJECT!
Yumi took some dessert goodness to-go hehe
TP hug! Until next time!
David and Doug’s two-liter bottle showdown
Keiko sweeping up the competition
o hay kelvin
om nom nom bottle
And this concludes my account of the End of Asano Debt Celebration! Hope you enjoyed this photoful blog post!