How to Build a Taiko Drum – Introduction, Selecting Materials

How to Build a Taiko Drum – Introduction, Selecting Materials

  Introduction Taiko drums were made in a wide variety of sizes, and for different purposes. Drums were used for festivals, religious ceremonies, as part of the orchestra during theatrical performances (like Noh plays), as a way of keeping rhythm when planting rice, as signals for troop movements during battles, and just to dance to … Continue reading »

Raimei Tenkai Daiko – The Clan Yama Kaminari Taiko Group

Raimei Tenkai Daiko – The Clan Yama Kaminari Taiko Group

Raimei Tenkai Daiko is Clan Yama Kaminari’s taiko ensemble. Playing on drums built by Sir Ogami Akira, Master Bun’ami (Morien ap Rhys), and a few other adventurous souls, the groups compositions are original pieces based upon historical rhythms and themes. Led by Master Bun’ami, Renmai Taiko Daiko has performed in Society (SCA) competitions, for entertainment … Continue reading »

Making Japanese Armor

Making Japanese Armor

How to Make Japanese Armor by Sir Ogami Akira Preface: A Brief Overview The articles that follow will explain and describe how you can build your own suit of 1550′s Japanese retainer’s armor (or ‘box armor’) out of plastic barrels and nylon lacing. The pattern is reasonably historically accurate, with a few modifications having been … Continue reading »

Mistress Roxanne de St. Luc’s Elevation at Aecademy

Clan Yama Kaminari celebrated the elevation of Roxanne de St. Luc at this year’s AEthelmearc AEcademy, November 10, 2012.  Mistress de St. Luc was recognized for her skill and teaching of the medieval fine arts, including Japanese painting and costuming. Master Morien ap Rhys (aka Bun’ami), who has mentored Mistress Roxanne for several years and expanded … Continue reading »

Exquisite Ensemble Augments Elevation

Long acknowledged creators of sumptuous and authentically-recreated medieval Japanese garb, Lord Ishiyama Gen’tarou Yori’ie and Lady Hara created a Momoyama period ensemble for Mistress Roxanne de St. Luc’s elevation that would have shamed Oda Nobunaga’s sister, Oichi, even at the height of her opulence. The three-layered outfit consisted of a green dragonfly patterned kosode under a … Continue reading »