That said, serotonin's got nothing on a beat for making this girl happy. Yesterday was a national holiday, Culture Day, and while it didn't get me a day off school because it fell on a Saturday, at least there were lots of cool things happening because of it. Not that I cared about most of those things. My priority was Asakusa's taiko festival, and I am serious when I say priority. I rescheduled my nihonga lesson and everything in order to accommodate getting there from the other side of Tokyo.
enough about taiko that it really shouldn't need an introduction, but in case you're new here, taiko is the most exciting music in Japan (and yes, that includes the first opening songs for Naruto Shippudden, Durarara!!!, and Noragami). The taiko festival involves three-and-a-half hours of non-stop drums, with some shinobue (flute) and shamisen (that thing Kubo was playing in the movie) thrown in for good measure. But really, the drums are what it's all about.
Each beat reverberates in your chest, shocking your heart harder than a defibrillator. Merely watching taiko is hard, I think - the biofeedback pulls you into the music, makes you need to move, dance, do something. Or maybe that's just me.
I reserve that for the boys of Drum Tao). All joking creepiness aside, it was one of the best things I've done this school year, and gave me the strength to get my homework done (mostly) and face another week of anklebiters.