Click on this kickstarter link and be inspired by former-JET Darryl Wharton-Rigby. If you like the intensity of taiko drumming, you will appreciate the intensity of the story he proposes to show us on film, with our support: $25 dollars and you not only get a DVD of the film, you get to tell people how awesome you are when your names show up in the credits!
A message from Darryl Wharton-Rigby:
“I am a former JET (2005 – 2007, Kawamta-machi in Fukushima-ken). I am
reaching out to let you know about my project, *’Don Doko Don: The Yamkiya
Taiko Club Story.’* This story is about a team of taiko drummers from the
Yanagawa District of Kawamata, where I taught. They were evacuated because
of radiation in their community. This week we launched a Kickstarter
campaign for this special documentary and seeking the support of the JET
community. I was wondering if there was anyway you could help us spread the
word about this Kickstarter campaign?
This past April my senpai, Michelle Spezzacatena and I were able ot bring
the Yamakiya Taiko Club to the USA for National Cherry Blossom Festival in
Washington, DC. The group spent 10 days between, my hometoen of Baltimore
and DC. They participated in home stays, visited monuments and
dignitaries, and performed. They trip was capped by a performance at the
I’ve been making films for more than 20 years. It has always been rewarding
and challenging experience and this very well may be my most ambitious
project. I never imagined my journey would bring me to project with such
an international scope and profoundly personal on so many levels.
Please check out the link below and watch the video for more information.
It’s less than four minutes. This is an all or nothing campaign. Every
contribution brings us closer to our goal. I hope you can support and help
spread the word. If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you
for your time and consideration.
Honto ni domo arigato gozaimasu.”