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Japan's popular taiko entertainment troupe Drum Tao perform during the opening show of their "Mangekyo" Japan tour at the Alternative Theater in Tokyo's Yurakucho district on Wednesday afternoon. The tour, produced in collaboration with creative team TeamLab, runs until June 30. In the photo below right, troupe members pose with Takuya Hirai (center), Minister of State for "Cool Japan" Strategy, and fashion designer Junko Koshino who designed the troupe's costumes.

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A video link would be cool ;)

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Minister of State for "Cool Japan".  Seems ridiculous, but bet he takes some credit for the massive uptick in tourism.

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I love taiko so I searched to see if the "tour" was coming anywhere near me, but it's just for three months in the same venue. More of a run than a tour.

Also, I think a Minister of State for "Cool Japan"  should have a special uniform. Maybe something visual kei-inspired with the big hair and make-up.

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Haaa NemuiApr. 11 12:32 pm JSTA video link would be cool ;)

Very cool. 'Cool Japan', alright. I know some posters might think this is weird but the 'heavy' banging drum machine pattern for 'Personal Jesus' by Depeche Mode has often put an image of kodo drumming in my mind.

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