Image courtesy Hachi Hachi


88: Hachi Hachi

Dec. 9
7:30 p.m.
Dec. 10
2 p.m.

TaikoArts Midwest is the reigning entity for learning, performing, and building community around taiko, the Japanese word for drum and the modern style of playing these drums. Blending movement with pulse-pounding, dynamic drumming, the group’s work takes a slight turn by presenting 88: Hachi Hachi. The 60-minute performance is a duet showcasing the co-directors of Portland’s professional taiko company, UNIT SOUZOU. Michelle Fujii and Toru Watanabe weave storytelling, music, theater, choreography, and drumming into the piece as they explore their relationship as two people who are Japanese and Japanese-American, man and woman, husband and wife. Now eight years married (hence the 88) and “hachi hachi” (a.k.a. “head to head”) on their life and work partnership, the two have created a singular performative language that bridges their two cultures. For tickets, go to