Personal Documentary | Sac Taiko Dan

Event photography is one of my favorite genres of photography. I love capturing the atmosphere and people enjoying themselves. On September 9 and 10, 2017, Oto's Marketplace celebrated 50 years on Freeport Boulevard, and their 10 year anniversary at their current location. They specialize in Japanese food and have the best selection that I have seen in Sacramento. There was a variety of food for sale, and despite the heat, their parking lot was full of vendors and customers alike. 

I took my son to the festivities because Sacramento Taiko Dan was scheduled to perform. I treated my son to an icee while we waited and we found some shade to sit in.  

Some people may think nothing of playing on a drum, but those that are familiar with Taiko Dan know that a lot of skill, stamina, and power are required to meet the demands of this ancient Japanese art form. 

Event photography from the Sacramento Taiko Dan performance at Oto's Marketplace 50th Anniversary on September 10, 2017. This ancient Japanese art form welcomes performers from all ages, both female and male.

At times, I felt like I was watching a ceremony. The performers' movements were precise, deliberate, and controlled. Their stances evoked strength and beauty through form. And their faces showed what a good time they were having - what more can you want from a live show?

Event photography from the Sacramento Taiko Dan performance at Oto's Marketplace 50th Anniversary on September 10, 2017. This ancient Japanese art form welcomes performers from all ages, both female and male.
Event photography from the Sacramento Taiko Dan performance at Oto's Marketplace 50th Anniversary on September 10, 2017. This ancient Japanese art form welcomes performers from all ages, both female and male.

They also encouraged the audience to join in the celebration. They invited members of the audience to join in a folk dance, accompanied by a member of one of the troupe members. 

The last half of the performance was just as energetic as in the beginning. Afterwards, my son expressed interest in joining (!) 

Event photography from the Sacramento Taiko Dan performance at Oto's Marketplace 50th Anniversary on September 10, 2017. This ancient Japanese art form welcomes performers from all ages, both female and male.
Event photography from the Sacramento Taiko Dan performance at Oto's Marketplace 50th Anniversary on September 10, 2017. This ancient Japanese art form welcomes performers from all ages, both female and male.

This event was a worthwhile excursion for a Sunday afternoon. I love events that celebrate not only a business' milestones, but ones that also share another culture's heritage and traditions.