Hashida Masahito
Endorsed Drum Circle Facilitator
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Hashida “Pecker” Masahito has performed for more than thirty five years as a professional percussionist. In 1978 he formed “Orquesta Del Sol”the very first salsa band in Japan and released many albums and singles. Through full coordination with Bob Marley & the Wailers, his solo album was recorded in Jamaica and released worldwide in 1980. As a recording artist, he has performed on more than 25,000 songs and also produced many artists. He is famous as a voice-over talent as well and heard in television commercials for and number of large Japanese companies as such as Honda, Mazda, Nestle, Hitachi, Tokyo Disney Sea. Mental health care is a major concern and a large part of his work. He advocates “Walking Therapy” as an action to defeat depression and has recorded two CDs on the subject.

Since 2002 when he first came to know about drum circles (a very new movement in Japan at that time) he has been a very active and creative facilitator. After he became the board chairperson of the Drum Circle Facilitators Association (DCFA) in 2004, he has educated many facilitators. DCFA is a wonderful and effective association organized by more than 100 facilitators in Japan. More than 20,000 people have experienced drum circles facilitated/hosted by its members each year. The association supports members’ activities offering opportunities to learn about drum circles. Their annual “Drum Camp” event has been held over eight years and “Drum Circles for Teachers” training over five years. Christine Stevens, Arthur Hull, John Fitzgerald, Paulo Mattioli, Mike DeMenno, Johnny Lee Lane, John Scalici, Kumi Masunaga, Kenya S. Masala have all been featured as guest facilitators/trainers.

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