Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Large Drums, Large Men

What a fabulous picture - pounding drums on the Great Wall! I saw it in the university alumni magazine in an article about the student Taiko group traveling to China in the weeks prior to Beijing Olympics.

We took Q-ster to see that same group at the local Cherry Blossom Festival in the spring, because we knew he would love the drums. We got to sit up close.

While we were waiting for the drummers, we were entertained by the California Sumo Association. A highly articulate wrestler described their traditions and gave some children the opportunity to 'challenge' the wrestlers. The guys nudged the kids around theatrically before allowing themselves to be toppled in a grand show.

The announcer asked the little boy in the picture who he wanted to challenge, and he said, "The biggest!" And there they are.


Mayberry said...

Those are fantastic. I love the sumo kid. He's got moxie!

Alex Elliot said...

That looks like so much fun! On a much much smaller scale, we took the kids to see something similar at Epcot last year.

kittenpie said...

What great fun for the kids!

Taiko drumming really is an amazing thing to watch, too.