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Experiences in Basic training

After the basic training

Attended for the first time in 15 years

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It was the second time I attended the course after 15 years. Last time, I felt overwhelmed by the unfamiliar environment and nervousness.

50 pages of Japanese text were introduced for the first time,・・・read more

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Sanae Kawasaki

​Lives in Sapporo, Hokkaido

Attended for the first time in 15 years

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It was the second time I attended the course after 15 years. Last time, I felt overwhelmed by the unfamiliar environment and nervousness.

50 pages of Japanese text were introduced for the first time,・・・read more

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Sanae Kawasaki

​Lives in Sapporo, Hokkaido

Possibility of drum circle

Uchida Issei

I have received basic training in Nagoya in 2020. I had known about the existence of drum circles for some time, but when I took a one-day play shop course in college, I thought that it would be a source of food for me, so I took the course. There are many things that I actually felt after receiving it, but there are two big things. One is・・・read more

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Issei Uchida

Lives in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture

Attended for the first time in 15 years

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It was the second time I attended the course after 15 years. Last time, I felt overwhelmed by the unfamiliar environment and nervousness.

50 pages of Japanese text were introduced for the first time,・・・read more

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Sanae Kawasaki

​Lives in Sapporo, Hokkaido

challenge

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I didn't know anything about "drum circles" until I participated in this event. "What is a drum circle?" There were various kinds of drums in the room, and everyone started playing one after another. i am honest・・・read more

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​ Moeka Hirata

Lives in Kyotanabe City, Kyoto Prefecture

3 days when I found my new self

Katou Yasuko2

Tom Tom Thank you for your guidance on the drum circle.
Thank you to everyone who participated together and for sharing a good time.

At the drum circle this time, the facilitator's turn is ... Read more

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Kyoko Kato

Lives in Ama District, Aichi Prefecture

Attended for the first time in 15 years

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It was the second time I attended the course after 15 years. Last time, I felt overwhelmed by the unfamiliar environment and nervousness.

50 pages of Japanese text were introduced for the first time,・・・read more

河野恭磨

Sanae Kawasaki

​Lives in Sapporo, Hokkaido

People and sounds connected by rhythm

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Early in the new year of 2022, I attended the basic training held for 3 days at Nagoya College of Music.  
Actually, I started from 0 without even knowledge or experience of drum circ.
As soon as we arrived at the venue, the sound of the drums guided us in and invited us in, and when we started playing along with everyone there, it felt nostalgic.
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Masumi Matsumoto

Lives in Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Recollection ...

Playshop Japan 2017

Toshiyuki Abe2

At Playshop Japan 2017 held in Omishima in 2017, I first encountered the theory of drum circle facilitation advocated by Arthur Hull. From the strength of that impression, as a basis for thinking about the facilitator and the progress process of the drum circle ... Read more

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Toshiyuki Abe

Lives in Tokyo

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心が動き始める

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この研修に参加するまで、ドラムサークルを体験したこともなく、打楽器の演奏経験等もない。ただ、定年後の自分の心が何かを求めていた。そこで初心者でも大丈夫と書いてあったのを信じて3日間の研修への申し込みをポチッ。
 会場に入ると、そこには大きさも形も様々なドラムがらり。初めてドラムサークルに参加する私にとっては、全てが新鮮。何がどう始まるのか、どのドラムをいつどうやってどんな風に叩くのか・・・?そんなことから心配で、おそるおそる椅子に座ったことを今も鮮明に思い出す。まだその時は、どう叩くのが正解?なんて必死に考えていたから。要するに心も体もカッチカチ。ところが不思議なことに、周りが思い思いのリズムで叩き始め、トムトムがにこっと笑って手を挙げたときには、なぜか自然に交じってリズムを叩いている自分・・・本当に自然に心が動き始めた。何だか魔法のように。そして、最初のドラムコールが終わる頃には「何が何だか分からないけれど心地がよい。」と強く感じていた。
 一つ一つのエクササイズは楽しく創造的で、とにかくそこにいることが嬉しく温かい。トムトムの講義は分かりやすく、今何をするのか、何を学ぶのかということがよく理解できたため、安心して受講できた。あんなにもドキドキしていたのが嘘のように、楽しく温かい時間と空間。「間違いはないよ。」と繰り返し励まされ、若い仲間とともにファシリテートにも挑戦。同じ内容で挑戦するのに、各々の個性が出てそれぞれが特別な音になる。これがまた心を動かす。
 忘れられない体験の一つにレイトナイト。途中からコントラバスの深い音色がベースのリズムを刻み、奏で続けた・・・そこに楽器がないのに!人によって聞こえる楽器もメロディも違うということを後から知り、心底びっくり。まさにその場その時にしかできない体験。
 年齢も話す言語も障がいのあるなしも関係ない。経験者か初心者かも関係ない。そこに集まり、円くなり、想いを一つにしてドラムを叩いて音楽を創り出す中で、そこにいる皆がつながり笑顔になる。本当に魔法のように。ああ、参加してよかった。この体験をこれからの生活の中でどのように生かしていこうかと、心が動き始めている。



 

2023年
小松尚子/静岡県湖西市在住

 

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視点が変わったその言葉

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研修は、申し込んだ時から始まっていた。宿題が有ったのだ。
宿題は、自分と向き合う時間になっていた。それがしんどかった。
ちょっとした後悔を感じながら、座学と実践を交えた三日間の研修が始まった。

初めてドラムサークルの真ん中に立った。
目、目、目、目、、、、たくさんの目に囲まれた。
360度、こんな沢山の目と対峙したら、身の置き所がない。
居心地の悪さを感じた。どうしよう、、、、。
そんな私に届いた言葉は、「失敗は無い」だった。

あっ・・・・・。

景色が変わった。
そこに有るのは学びだけ、だから失敗は無い。そっか評価される訳じゃないんだ。
みんな同じ方向を向いてたんだ。なんだそう言う事か、今日の音とリズムを作る仲間だ。
サークルの真ん中で私がする事は、波紋を起こす一滴の水のごとくキューを出すだけ。
それだけで音の会話が始まる。「失敗は無い」その言葉が私の視点を変えてくれた。

トレーニングではいろんな経験をした。リズムが生き物みたいに感じられた。
小さな音も聞こえて来た。音が放物線を描いて飛んで行くのも見えた。
リズムがメロディーを奏で始めるのを聴いた。

普段眠っていた感覚器を刺激され、異世界に居るようなそんな濃密な三日間だった。
そして、「失敗は無い」という言葉は、私にとって日常生活にも通じる最大の学びだった。
宿題に苦しんだ所から始まったが、清々しい気持ちで終わってた。
やりたいことがいっぱい頭の中を巡ってた。



 

2023年
持田佳代子/奈良県生駒市在住

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Possibility of drum circle

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I have received basic training in Nagoya in 2020. I knew the existence of drum circles for a long time, but when I took a one-day playshop in a university course, I thought it would be a source of my own food. There are many things that I actually received and felt, but there are two major ones. One is the importance and difficulty of managing and advancing the community (drum circle) by any person and in accordance with the community. I learned a lot about what kind of signs to put out in a place where a wide variety of people gather to facilitate the ensemble. The second, in connection with the first, is the importance of connections other than music. Through the training and practice, I was convinced that the drum circle is a music "education" and a tool to grow sociality and communication. As a facilitator, I have just begun to climb the mountain, but I would like to gain experience in various places and spread this circle with many people.

Kazuaki Uchida / Lives in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture

Occupation: Graduate School of Instrumental Music, Nagoya Music University

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Possibility of drum circle

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I have received basic training in Nagoya in 2020. I knew the existence of drum circles for a long time, but when I took a one-day playshop in a university course, I thought it would be a source of my own food. There are many things that I actually received and felt, but there are two major ones. One is the importance and difficulty of managing and advancing the community (drum circle) by any person and in accordance with the community. I learned a lot about what kind of signs to put out in a place where a wide variety of people gather to facilitate the ensemble. The second, in connection with the first, is the importance of connections other than music. Through the training and practice, I was convinced that the drum circle is a music "education" and a tool to grow sociality and communication. As a facilitator, I have just begun to climb the mountain, but I would like to gain experience in various places and spread this circle with many people.

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Kazuaki Uchida / Lives in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture

Occupation: Graduate School of Instrumental Music, Nagoya Music University

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Possibility of drum circle

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I have received basic training in Nagoya in 2020. I knew the existence of drum circles for a long time, but when I took a one-day playshop in a university course, I thought it would be a source of my own food. There are many things that I actually received and felt, but there are two major ones. One is the importance and difficulty of managing and advancing the community (drum circle) by any person and in accordance with the community. I learned a lot about what kind of signs to put out in a place where a wide variety of people gather to facilitate the ensemble. The second, in connection with the first, is the importance of connections other than music. Through the training and practice, I was convinced that the drum circle is a music "education" and a tool to grow sociality and communication. As a facilitator, I have just begun to climb the mountain, but I would like to gain experience in various places and spread this circle with many people.

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2022
Moeka Hirata / Lives in Kyotanabe City, Kyoto Prefecture

Department of Music, Doshisha Women's University

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Possibility of drum circle

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I have received basic training in Nagoya in 2020. I knew the existence of drum circles for a long time, but when I took a one-day playshop in a university course, I thought it would be a source of my own food. There are many things that I actually received and felt, but there are two major ones. One is the importance and difficulty of managing and advancing the community (drum circle) by any person and in accordance with the community. I learned a lot about what kind of signs to put out in a place where a wide variety of people gather to facilitate the ensemble. The second, in connection with the first, is the importance of connections other than music. Through the training and practice, I was convinced that the drum circle is a music "education" and a tool to grow sociality and communication. As a facilitator, I have just begun to climb the mountain, but I would like to gain experience in various places and spread this circle with many people.

2022
Masumi Matsumoto / Lives in Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Occupation: Music therapist

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3 days when I found my new self

Katou Yasuko2

Tom Tom Thank you for your guidance on the drum circle.

Thank you to everyone who participated together and for sharing a good time.

 

At the drum circle this time, I was scared that the facilitator's turn would come around at first. Because the beats are always off, I was worried that I could give instructions because I didn't have myself in the rhythm. However, when I stood in the middle and looked at the smiling faces of the group, I felt a sense of security as if they were pushing me back, saying, "It's okay, so please do it." Tom Tom said, "There is no failure." I felt the joy of being forgiven whether I could do it or make a mistake. Especially, every time I repeat it, the group becomes one, and every time the facilitator comes forward, "What? What do you want to do?"

It seems that they are talking to each other with their hearts, and at the end there is a sense of unity that they know what to do next, even if everyone can not follow the instructions, they laugh, learn, learn everything. .. I felt reassured and confident in myself. Finally, when I continued to hit the drums involuntarily around the bonfire in the center, I felt the sound of an instrument that was in sync with my rhythm from somewhere, and as I changed, it became a constant like my life. I received a strong message that "everyone is different, everyone is good", feeling various roles in the relationship between people and still playing a big rhythm as a whole. When I finished, I felt that my anxiety about playing when I was standing in front of people had eased a little.

Kyoko Kato / Lives in Ama District , Aichi Prefecture

Occupation: Nurse

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Recollection ... Playshop Japan 2017

Toshiyuki Abe2

At Playshop Japan 2017 held in Omishima in 2017, I first encountered the theory of drum circle facilitation advocated by Arthur Hull. Because of the strength of that impression, this theory is deeply rooted in my heart as a basis for thinking about what a facilitator should be and how the drum circle progresses. At Playshop Japan 2017, where I participated, lectures and training based on this theory were conducted under the guidance of Arthur Hull himself. The three days at Omishima have a big meaning for me, and I feel that they are a turning point in my life.

For me, who participated in the drum circle only once in the past and felt only the fun, it made me feel that the depth and breadth of the cosmic scale are hidden, and at the same time, I easily became a facilitator. It was also a workshop that made me, who was trying to do it, rigorously recognize the distance. I had to admit that my personality was farthest from the facilitator's ideals. While the other participants are making attractive jump-ins, only I am awkward with a hard expression, and I am cueing with a clumsy body language regardless of pretending to be ... Looking at the pictures at that time, that time I feel like I want to delete all of them at once. It reminds me that I was very depressed when I first witnessed the feeling that I was left alone and the life-sized myself that I had not noticed before. However, when the whole schedule is over, I can't forget the strong desire to get closer to the essence of the drum circle as much as possible on the Shinkansen returning to Tokyo. Mysterious and quick to give up no matter what I do, I am still on the distant path.

During the playshop period, I could hardly establish relationships with other participants, and I have been living inward-oriented days with my childhood habits. However, taking this opportunity, I was able to get to know and interact with so many people. It's amazing. I am grateful to all the people who are serious about the drum circle for their warm and valuable advice and suggestions. This is also a great power that the drum circle brings.

Through the drum circle, participants will enjoy the charm of sharing and empathy while harmonizing their individual personalities, and eventually form a groove as an organism ... and the community will emerge, the community It's not exclusive, it's something that recognizes diversity ... I don't know if it will take decades to come, but I'd like to continue to move forward with the aim of becoming a personality that can help. ..

Toshiyuki Abe / Lives in Tokyo

Occupation: Komazawa Women's Junior College Childcare Department Full-time Teacher

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Possibility of drum circle

Uchida Issei

I have received basic training in Nagoya in 2020. I knew the existence of drum circles for a long time, but when I took a one-day playshop in a university course, I thought it would be a source of my own food. There are many things that I actually received and felt, but there are two major ones. One is the importance and difficulty of managing and advancing the community (drum circle) by any person and in accordance with the community. I learned a lot about what kind of signs to put out in a place where a wide variety of people gather to facilitate the ensemble. The second, in connection with the first, is the importance of connections other than music. Through the training and practice, I was convinced that the drum circle is a music "education" and a tool to grow sociality and communication. As a facilitator, I have just begun to climb the mountain, but I would like to gain experience in various places and spread this circle with many people.

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2020
Issei Uchida / Lives in Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture

Graduate School of Instrumental Music, Nagoya College of Music

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