The rhythm got Nedra Fu when she was in Japan on a school exchange.
She was 16 when she went for a year to Shiga prefecture, in the west of Japan's main island, and learned taiko - traditional Japanese drumming.
Taiko is a physical performance that incorporates movement into percussion - similar to drumming groups Stomp and Wellington's own Strike, whose premises Taikoza borrow for practice.
"It's a great release - you use the whole body.
"And from the first strike you sink down to a really spiritual space."
In the past, taiko was used in Shinto ceremonies, she says. "I just get a really serene feeling. It allows people to get in touch with a deeper side of themselves."
Two years ago, the Asia New Zealand Young Leaders member, originally from China, joined Taikoza - a group of 10 taiko enthusiasts.
Taikoza is led by Murray Macdonald, who learned the centuries-old tradition of taiko drumming from a group in Hiroshima and has performed for almost 40 years.
"The intention of the group starting out was to revive the art of taiko drumming in Wellington. For me, I like the way taiko allows people to connect with their rhythmic and spiritual sides," Ms Fu says.
Taikoza will be performing at the Japan Festival on Sunday. One piece the group will perform, Hono daiko, dates back thousands of years.
Ms Fu says taiko is learnt only by ear, never written down, so the piece has been passed down to them in a direct line from teacher to pupil for many centuries.
She's looking forward to the Japan Festival - the cultural demonstrations as well as the food - especially the attempt to make a 60-metre-long sushi roll.
The group will run a workshop during the festival, and invite anyone interested to the classes they run every Sunday in Rongotai, from beginners to advanced.
Ms Fu knows the routines can look daunting, but encourages everyone to give it a go. "At first it looks really hard, but with time and practice the rhythm sinks in, and everyone can get the rhythm."
Taikoza will be performing at the Japan Festival at Wellington Town Hall from 10.30am to 6.30pm on Sunday.
For more information about the festival, visit asianz.org.nz.
To contact the Taikoza group, email email@example.com.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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