small boy plays taiko drum - Japan

Friday, April 04, 2014


Shaking ground rumbles
a small boy stands proud and strong
boom! taiko drum roars

Small boy plays giant Taiko Drum at the Bentenjima Fireworks Festival, Japan


She'd always wanted to learn the drums. At first her parents ignored her pleas, thinking that she'd soon move on to another hobby. She was a teenager back then you see. But after a year of arguments they'd finally relented and the beat had taken over her life. Now, twenty years later she stood in awe - watching the small boy play the giant Taiko Drum in perfect time. The rhythm reverberated through the ground and she felt her foot tapping along. How she loved Japan festivals.


It was my first weekend in Japan.
My first Japanese festival.
My first time eating takoyaki.
My first time witnessing taiko drumming.
The fireworks were deafening.
The memory ever-lasting.

Thanks to Jane Heinrichs and her link-up One Picture, Three Stories that inspired this post.

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  1. I LOVE how you've included poetry into your stories! Wonderful! Thanks so much for joining One Picture, Three Stories! X Jane

    1. Thanks Jane. I LOVE this link up, was so fun to write :)

  2. Ah, wonderful photo and I have to agree about the poetry! Happy Friday xxx

  3. This is really moving and sounds like such a special experience to you...and the drum is magnificent!!

  4. sweet photo! delightful words to go with it.

    have a great day.

    1. Thanks Lissa. Glad you enjoyed both photo and words :)

  5. such a cool idea for a post! that photo is precious, but the stories bring so much meaning to it!

    1. Thanks! I have to say this is the most enjoyable 'link up' I've joined ever.

  6. That boy looks so small compared to the drum - great shot! I love how there are three stories around the one picture. Thanks for linking up to the #SundayTraveler! Don't forget to link back to one of the cohosts or include our badge. Cheers & see you next week :)

  7. Fun, can't wait to see more from your visit! hanks for linking up at Let Your Light Shine Thursdays!

    I'm Perfectly Human - link up again this week!