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Taiko drum leaders from San Jose, California, Roy and PJ Hirabayashi accept their 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from Rep. Zoe Lofgren and NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman.

Taiko drum leaders from San Jose, California, Roy and PJ Hirabayashi accept their 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellowship award from Rep. Zoe Lofgren and NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. At the ceremony, Rocco Landesman said, "Founders of the seminal group San Jose Taiko, Roy and PJ Hirabayashi are innovators in this powerful drumming tradition known as the heartbeat of Japan. They are teachers and leaders of hundreds of students in this demanding art form that requires physical stamina, mental discipline, and collaborative commitment." Photo by Tom Pich