Learn Bon Daiko – Aizu Bandaisan
If you want to learn Bon Daiko, Aizu Bandaisan is a great song. Aizu Bandaisan sings the praises of Mount Bandai, a mountain located in Fukushima Prefecture. The song is considered one of the “Big Three” Minyo folk songs, along with Gujo Odori and Awa Odori.
The modern day version of Aizu Bandaisan has multiple roots. These include the local folk song Genjo Bushi, and Gokahama Jinku from neighboring Niigata Prefecture.
The lyrics begin with the line “Mount Bandai is a mountain of treasure. Gold grows on the bamboo trees.” One theory is that the bamboo trees of Mount Bandai produced fruit during a famine, saving the local population from starvation. Another theory is that the lyrics refer more figuratively to the plentiful rice grown in the area.
Aizu Bandaisan Lyrics
Mount Bandai is a mountain of treasure
Gold grows on the bamboo trees
From the mountain of the east
Comes the daily news
I cannot possibly avoid going
Why did Shosuke Ohara damage his health?
He loved to sleep, drink, and bathe in the morning
Of course he did, he deserves it
The loyal cherry blossoms
Fall to the name of Byakko Tai
The singing makes the dance stronger
The taiko on top of the yagura also becomes stronger
Learn Bon Daiko at Los Angeles Taiko Institute
I teach Bon Daiko every Friday night from 8-10PM at Los Angeles Taiko Institute in Torrance, CA. Please let me know when you would like to drop in!
Date and Time: Fridays from 8-10PM
Place: 20909 S Western Ave Torrance, CA 90501
Fees: $26 per session
Private Lessons and Skype Lessons
I also offer private lessons and online taiko lessons via Skype from my studio in San Pedro. Please let me know when you would like to schedule a lesson!
Place: 1300 S Beacon Street San Pedro, CA 90731
Fees: Private Lessons $60/hr, Skype lessons $40/hr