Summer Solstice Sunset Observation
June 21, 2017 8:20 pm - 9:00 pm
8:20pm: Kaminari Taiko Drumming
Suggested donation $10, click here to make a donation ahead of time. Register here.
Kaminari Taiko of Houston, a Japanese drumming ensemble, marks the end of the longest day of the year at 8:25 PM. “Taiko” is a Japanese word for drum. The art of taiko carries deep significance in Japanese culture. Samurai warriors used taiko on the battlefield to signal commands and frighten their enemies. Townspeople warned of danger by beating on taiko, and priests used taiko at religious ceremonies to communicate with the gods. Temples and shrines throughout Japan display taiko as a symbol of purification and to dispel evil spirits.
Kaminari Taiko was founded in 1996 by Jay Mochizuki along with a number of talented musicians from diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. The members diligently trained under world acclaimed Taiko Masters such as: Daihachi Oguchi, Seiichi Tanaka, Kenny Endo and Takemasa Ishikura to learn the fundamental skills, philosophy and spirit of this centuries old Japanese tradition.
In observation of the Summer Solstice, the Rothko Chapel will be open from sunrise to sunset (approximately 6:20 AM-8:25 PM).
Complimentary alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided by Saint Arnold’s Brewing Company. Steel City Pops will be on-site selling all natural creamy and fruity pops. In case of inclement weather, check the website and the FB event posting for updates.