The Beverly Center, with its posh shops and opulent clientele, might be the last place you’d expect to find a high-energy taiko performance early on a Friday morning. Nevertheless Taikoproject was there in full force one recent Friday in October for the grand opening of UNIQLO LA’s latest shop.
By the time the ribbon-cutting ceremony began, numerous customers were already lined up to be among the first to get their hands on some sweet UNIQLO goods–we had a surprisingly large audience! A couple of short songs to get everyone’s attention, and a big drumroll when the grand ribbon was being cut.
We all enjoyed the fringe benefits of a clothing store opening–cast members got the chance to enter the store early and pick out a down vest to match our tee-shirts. Talk about rock-star treatment. Tabi and puffy vest… most stylish Taikoproject performance to date? Probably.
After the store had been open for a while we played Many Sides for some customers coming out of the store and packed up the drums for the remaining small shows throughout the weekend.
All in all, we had a blast! Thanks again to UNIQLO for including us in this event (and for the excellent gear!).