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Matthew Bernal, left, leaps into the air during a Dragon-Eagle Taiko drum performance Saturday at Misawa Air Base, Japan.
Matthew Bernal, left, leaps into the air during a Dragon-Eagle Taiko drum performance Saturday at Misawa Air Base, Japan. (T.D. Flack/Stars and Stripes)
Matthew Bernal, left, leaps into the air during a Dragon-Eagle Taiko drum performance Saturday at Misawa Air Base, Japan.
Matthew Bernal, left, leaps into the air during a Dragon-Eagle Taiko drum performance Saturday at Misawa Air Base, Japan. (T.D. Flack/Stars and Stripes)
Kazuko Igarashi, center, leads the Dragon-Eagle Taiko drum team through a performance at Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Saturday.
Kazuko Igarashi, center, leads the Dragon-Eagle Taiko drum team through a performance at Misawa Air Base, Japan, on Saturday. (T.D. Flack/Stars and Stripes)
The youngest members of the Dragon-Eagle Taiko drum team perform Saturday at Misawa Air Base, Japan. The team celebrated its 12th anniversary with the performance to raise money for earthquake and tsunami-stricken Japan.
The youngest members of the Dragon-Eagle Taiko drum team perform Saturday at Misawa Air Base, Japan. The team celebrated its 12th anniversary with the performance to raise money for earthquake and tsunami-stricken Japan. (T.D. Flack/Stars and Stripes)
Matthew Bernal, a member of the Dragon-Eagle Taiko drum team, performs Saturday at Misawa Air Base, Japan.
Matthew Bernal, a member of the Dragon-Eagle Taiko drum team, performs Saturday at Misawa Air Base, Japan. (T.D. Flack/Stars and Stripes)
Members of the Dragon-Eagle Taiko drum team perform Saturday at Misawa Air Base, Japan. The team celebrated its 12th anniversary with the performance to raise money for earthquake and tsunami-stricken Japan.
Members of the Dragon-Eagle Taiko drum team perform Saturday at Misawa Air Base, Japan. The team celebrated its 12th anniversary with the performance to raise money for earthquake and tsunami-stricken Japan. (T.D. Flack/Stars and Stripes)
Amanda Turnbow, a member of the Dragon-Eagle Taiko drum team, performs during a concert Saturday at Misawa Air Base, Japan. Turnbow said it?s her last performance with the team because she?s getting ready to leave Japan.
Amanda Turnbow, a member of the Dragon-Eagle Taiko drum team, performs during a concert Saturday at Misawa Air Base, Japan. Turnbow said it?s her last performance with the team because she?s getting ready to leave Japan. (T.D. Flack/Stars and Stripes)
Kazuko Igarashi, left, and Karmen Kincaid put on a belly-dancing demonstration, shaking and shimmying through a set of songs in different costumes on Saturday during an intermission in a Dragon-Eagle Taiko drum team performance at Misawa Air Base, Japan.
Kazuko Igarashi, left, and Karmen Kincaid put on a belly-dancing demonstration, shaking and shimmying through a set of songs in different costumes on Saturday during an intermission in a Dragon-Eagle Taiko drum team performance at Misawa Air Base, Japan. (T.D. Flack/Stars and Stripes)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan — Misawa’s Dragon-Eagle Taiko drum team celebrated its 12th anniversary with a fund-raising performance Saturday to benefit the victims of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan.

To the delight of a packed crowd in the multi-purpose room at Sollars Elementary School, the team rocked through a set of traditional Japanese songs, at times leaping into the air and shouting.

Before each song was performed, Matthew Bernal, a 17-year-old high school student who’s been on the team for five years, explained the significance of it in Japanese culture.

Led by instructor Kazuko Igarashi, beginner, intermediate and advanced team members performed for nearly two hours.

During an intermission, Igarashi and team member Karmen Kincaid mixed it up a bit by putting on a belly-dancing demonstration, shaking and shimmying through a set of songs in different costumes.

Toward the end Taiko performance, the team invited audience members to play the drums.

Bernal said anyone who wanted to join the team – which performs on base and at local Japanese events throughout the year – can call the Lunney Youth Center at DSN 226-3220.

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