A group of several dozen players start their performance by hitting a Japanese taiko drum made from a large 400 year-old tree. They move their whole bodies to strike the drum with everything in their souls, creating a powerful surge of energy. The audience is overwhelmed by the beat of the music, as their bodies are uplifted and their hearts race faster. This is the epitome of the Japanese spirit. This is Yamato. The world-famous drummers of Japan return to Mercyhurst University with a new production titled Jhonetsu – Passion, which captures Yamato’s virtuosity, strength, spirit and sheer endurance. This past season marked Yamato's 25th anniversary, celebrating over 3,500 performances in 54 countries, bringing their spectacular enthusiasm to over 8 million audience members.