You guys just reminded me. We used to have an additional slogan that we shouted after "AAO."
It went like this:
AAO! AAO! AAO!
SHISHI FUNJIN! SHISHI FUNJIN! SHISHI FUNJIN!
(That last "RAAAH!" was supposed to be like the roar of the lion). (For those that may not know, Shishi Funjin = the fury of a lion).
Some really, really stupid crap (and I thought the same then, too).
Nowadays, they have made the "Shishi Funjin" theme into a ridiculous Taiko song. At risk of losing your lunch, watch these two clips [www.youtube.com
] / [www.youtube.com
]. The asian/japanophile's disclaimer on the second vid. reads "The Taiko song "Shishi-Funjin" is owned by Takiyama Daiko of Soka University in Japan and should not be performed without expressed consent from the Group's current President."
Yup, you need Ikeda's expressed consent to even "practice" (pun intended) now.
Back when I was in the youth division, the taiko drums were always pounded by the largest samoan type ywd and I think the minimum weight requirement to join was around 250 lbs.. Has this changed?