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Somei Yoshino Taiko Open House

On New Year’s Day, Rae, Dardy, and I went up to Oakland to attend Somei Yoshino Taiko’s annual Open House. Ellen, Jimi, and Kallan opened up their studios for their friends. Guests brought delectable food items for the potluck lunch; we especially liked the various soup dishes that were served — perfect for such a chilly New Year’s Day!

After a few hours of conversing with everyone, Somei Yoshino held an impromptu taiko performance in Kallan’s studio space. I wanted Dardy to get up and perform, but he insisted that he is retired. I had brought my 5D Mark II with me, so I took the opportunity to record some HD video of the taiko performance.

Somei Yoshino Taiko video taken by 5D Mark II

Click on the photo above to watch the video at 720P resolution. I shot handheld using the 85mm f/1.8 with the camera resting on my knee. Real-time focusing is a little hairy, but overall, I’m pretty impressed with the quality of the footage. There are two pauses in the middle of the video where I took a couple of still photos.

Here are the rest of the photos from the Open House!

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