The Japanese Embassy in Philadelphia has pledge to donate Taiko equipment to the Lower Merion High School in Philadelphia, after school officials requested for the equipment early this year. The emissaries at the Japanese Embassy then wroteletters and sent them to Taiko drum manufacturers in Japan to ask for help on fulfilling the request.
Several of those manufacturers responded and pledged to donate a certain number of drums each, to complete an ensemble of Taiko drums. The ensemble will be sent to the Japanese Embassy office and then be brought to the Lower Merion High School Band Room as soon as schedule will allow it.
There are quite a handful of Japanese students attending Lower Merion High School, and this brought about a greater awareness about Japanese culture in the community. Part of the culture is the art of drumming, or Taiko, as it is more popularly known in Japan.
The turnover ceremony will be witnessed by most of the Japanese embassy staff, some special guests from the manufacturer’s office and some representative of the Japanese National Tourism Organization (JNTO) will also be present. To receive the donation, Principal Meredith Stokes of Lower Merion High and his staff will also be present.