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AUN (The Kennedy Center)


Born in Osaka, Japan, identical twin brothers Ryohei and Kohei Inoue joined Ondekoza (the world’s most renowned taiko group) right after their high school graduation and quickly became its core members. In 2000, the twins graduated Ondekoza and formed AUN, named after the twin Buddha statues in Todaiji temple in Nara, Japan’s ancient capitol. The “A” statue represents the beginning of the universe and looks as if he inhales. “UN” represents the end of the universe and looks like he exhales. “A” and “UN” means the beginning and the end in Japanese.