posted April 12, 2007

Japanese Drumming Group to Perform on April 21

Hope College will feature the Japanese drumming group, Icho Daiko, on Saturday, April 21, at 2 p.m. at the Knickerbocker Theatre.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Icho Daiko was founded in September 2003 by Roy and Aiko Ebihara of Oberlin, Ohio. The group is sponsored by the Cleveland Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League, and was named after the ginkgo trees that line Oberlin's Main Street.

Icho Daiko is currently comprised of 20 members of the Cleveland, Akron, and Oberlin College communities. The group builds its own drums, including shime, chudaiko and okedo drums. Icho Daiko's mission is to strengthen Asian-American communities by instilling pride and cultural awareness, and to build bridges between Asian Americans and other groups through the dynamic cultural expression of taiko.

The Knickerbocker Theatre is located at 86 E. Eighth St. in downtown Holland.