YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan


February 21, 2022 7:30 pm

Ticket Prices
  • STUDENT | $25
  • FAMILY 4-PACK | $100
YAMATO – The Drummers of Japan


An unimaginable amount of energy. A 400 year old instrument. Heart thumping rhythms and explosive beats.

Yamato was founded by Masa Ogawa in 1993 in Nara, ‘the land of Yamato” which is said to be the birthplace of Japanese culture. Presently based in Asuka Village, Nara Prefecture, Yamato travels all over the word with Japan’s traditional Wadaiko drums, putting its very souls into the unusual instruments, whose sound stirs the hearts of people everywhere.

In the village of Asuka, a place with more than a thousand years of history and culture, Yamato seeks new expression with Wadaiko as its backbone.  They think of the sound of the drums – made of animal skin and ancient trees, some of which are more than 400 years old – as a pulse or heartbeat (Shin-on), the center of life and the source of power which pulsates within the human body. Like the strong and sturdy heartbeats of a lonely runner with a sleek and powerful body, Yamato attempts to create the energy of life, which envelops the audience and performers.  What one feels when surrounded by the sound of Wadaiko, brought out by these highly trained performers, is what the Japanese call “Tamashy”, translated as soul, spirit, and psyche – the basic elements of life. It is something which is invisible and intangible but whose existence is certainly felt.  The pulse, carried down from antiquity, will resonate within all the bodies gathered at any given performance.

“Go anywhere if invited and make the world a little more happy” is the group’s motto.  With 150-200 performances a year worldwide, Yamato takes their motto very seriously.

From “Yamato-no-kuni” to the World.
And from the world to “Yamato-no-kuni” again.
We continue our journey.

★★★★★ “Pure energy meets spiritual high.” – The Scotsman

“The Yamato show is a genuinely theatrical experience, delivered with balletic grace and infectious humour.” – Times Online (UK)

“It was simply captivating. The incredible talent and sheer enjoyment of what they do was plain to see.” – The Evening Post (UK)

Learn more about this performance at: www.yamatodrummers.com


STUDENT |  $25
FAMILY 4-PACK  |  $100
Buy tickets in a group of 4 to select family performances and receive a discount! To book a 4-pack, select FAMILY 4-PACK when choosing seat selection on our ticketing site.



PAY YOUR AGE [19-30 yrs] This show is part of our Pay Your Age community arts access program. This winter, the VPAC is inviting 19-30 year olds to ‘Pay Your Age’ on select performances. To purchase you must do in person at the VPAC box office with valid proof of ID. Questions? Give us a call at 970.845.8497 or email tickets@vvf.org

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