sh Taiko Resource: North American Taiko Group Listing

North and South American Taiko Groups

This is a listing of all the North and South American Taiko groups that I have heard of. The North American groups are listed first, followed by the South American groups. I have put up whatever infomation I possess, no matter how incomplete or sketchy. So some listings will have contact information, but some will only be a name depending on what I know about them. If you can add something, or fill in some of the holes in my info, please contact Dave at

All biographical or historical information given along with a group listing has been submitted by the group itself. Editorial comments by Rolling Thunder are enclosed in [brackets].

A convenient way to search for groups is to use the find function of your browser to search for the two letter state abbreviation. Be sure to include a space before the two letters.

North American Taiko Groups

Aiea Matsuri Taiko
Aieo Soto Mission
PO Box 926
Aiea, HI 96701
Contact: Rev. Toshimichi Hasegawa
Tel: 808-488-6794
Fax: 808-488-6794

Arashi Daiko
c/o Japanese Canadian Cultural Center of Montreal
8155 Rue Rousselot, Montreal, Quebec
H2E 1Z7 Canada
Contact: Mr. Mikio Owaki
Tel: 514-522-9820
Fax: (514) 728-5580

[Founded in 1983]

Asian Drum Organization

Birmingham, AL

Formed in 2008.

Austin Taiko
Contact: Martha Durham
6501 Brownwood Court
Austin, TX 78731
Tel: (512) 349-7480

Austin Taiko is a developing community group. Our mission is to introduce taiko to the Central Texas area, and recruit a diverse group of participants, both on-stage and off-stage. Austin Taiko performs both traditional Japanese songs and contemporary adaptations. The two leaders, Martha Durham and Bob Boyko studied and trained in Phoenix, Arizona under Esther Vendecar, Japan-trained sensei of Fushicho Daiko (Phoenix Drummers), and were members of the performing group. Upon moving to Austin, TX in 1996, they started Austin Taiko.

Bon Odori Taiko
Honokaa-Waimea-Kahala, Hawaii
Leader: Noriyoshi (Chester) Matsumura
Address: P. O. Box 444, Honokaa, HI 96727
Telephone: 808-775-7460
contact: Dan Coates (

Burlington Taiko
389 S. Winooski Ave.
Burlington, VT 05401
Phone: (802) 658-0658
Contact: Stuart Paton

Founded 1986.

Beginner's lessons are offered by appointment. Classes are 2 hours a week, and run 4-8 weeks. Details and fees can be obtained by calling the group.

Chibi Taiko
536 East 21st Street
North Vancouver, BC
Canada V7L 3C3
Tel: 604-984-7248
Fax: 604-688-1343
Contact: Shinobu Homma

Founded 1993.

Chikara Daiko Group
c/o Centenary United Methodist Church
300 S. Central Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90013
(213) 617-9097

Chikara was born from the 1996 Centennial celebration of Centenary United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, CA. As a group, they hope to be an integral part of Centenary's second hundred years; to honor its mission, be a proud member of its family, represent it well and follow its lead as servants of God. Their vision: Taiko is like the heartbeat, which is universal. It reaches out and connects us all. Through Chikarais activities, they reach out and embrace individual members and families in a fellowship. By establishing their identity and expressing our unique heritage, we seek to connect with other faiths, cultures and people through our music. I Corinthians 12:12-26 speaks of group. We work to achieve a group, like the body God has created, "giving greater honor to the (weaker) members, that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honored, all rejoice together with it."

Cincinnati-Dayton Taiko Group
Cincinnati-Dayton Taiko Group
Music Director: Jim Shimko
Director's address: 6194 Hillsdale Ln., West Chester, OH 45069
Tel: 513-755-9195
Web site:

The Cincinnati-Dayton Taiko Group, founded in 1999, is a non-profits arts organization dedicated to the promotion of Japanese-style taiko drumming through performances and education. The group was originally started with the support of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) of Cincinnati and Dayton. The Cincinnati-Dayton Taiko Group has a traditional foundation but emphasize the fun and community spirit of taiko. We are a community group and open to new members. If you live in the Cincinnati-Dayton OH area please contact us!

Clovis Heiwa Taiko
Clovis, California

Practices at the United Japanese Christian Church. Founded 1998.

Crestone Kaminari Taiko
3000 East Dream Way Road
PO Box 998
Crestone, CO 81131
Tel: 719-256-5284

Daion Taiko
C/O Orange County Buddhist Church
909 South Dale Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92804
Contact: Daryl Doami
E-mail: Daion78 @

Orange County Buddhist Church (OCBC) Taiko is one of the original Japanese-American, Buddhist Taiko groups in Southern California. The group formed in 1978 at the Orange County Buddhist Church, in Anaheim, California, as an alternative form of studying and teaching the principals of Jodoshinshu Buddhism. The groups first year was spent constructing the wine cask drums & stands and just getting organized. The group began performing in 1979 and have been going strong ever since. The group was later named "Daion", which in Japanese means "Great Sound of Enlightenment" or just "Big Sound" by Rev. Marvin Hirada. The group traditionally performs for the Orange County Buddhist Churches Hanamatsuri and Obon festivals but has enjoyed performing at such venues such as: Disneyland, Knott‚s Berry Farm, University of California, Irvine Barclay Theater, Orange County Fair and the Orange County Performing Arts Center as well as supporting the Japanese American National Museum, JACCC/Nisei Week Taiko Gathering, Special Olympics, Multicultural Arts Council of Orange County "Kaleidoscope Festivals", Los Angeles and Orange County Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation‚s "Race for the Cure", Fox Studio‚s Cancer Run, Long Beach Marathon, Riverside City College Food Drives, Irvine Unified School District and many local historical/cultural/charitable organizations.

Today the group is made up of about 40 church members. The members ages range from ten years to retirement and practice every Sunday prior to service. The taiko group was originally founded through the efforts of many people, including, Sharon Koga of Kinnara Taiko, Rev. Arthur Takemoto, Rev. John Doami, Greg Matsuura, and Tak Kosakura. In addition, the groups association with the community of Buddhist taiko groups has been maintained over the years, having shared retreats, songs, support, and performance ideas. There are groups that we owe our thanks to, such as, Kinnara Taiko (Shinsin Buddhist Temple), and Shokenji Taiko (Vista Buddhist Temple). Daion Taiko has been proud that many of its songs have been written by members of the group, blending a mix of traditional Japanese rhythms with comtemporary western music to form our own unique sound. All of our taiko drums were built by members of the group. The culmination of each of the member's many interests, experiences, and ideas has created a "sound" that is distinctly Daion Taiko.

Denver Taiko
c/o Tri-State Buddhist Temple
1947 Lawrence
Denver, CO 80202
Tel: (303) 295-1844

Diablo Taiko
Diablo JA Club
3165 Treat Blvd.
Concord, California. USA

Don Doko Taiko Group
3608 Park Lake
Fort Worth, TX 76133
Tel: (817) 294-5004

The Fort Worth, Texas, Japanese Society, is pleased to announce the formation of Don Doko Taiko. The group was formed in February of 1998 and after just two months of practice, the group of novice taiko musicians had their debut performance on April 18, 1998 at the Fort Worth botanical garden's Japanese garden spring festival. The group's diverse members are Japanese language students and friends of the society. Don doko taiko meets Monday evenings at the Fort Worth Japanese Society. For more information, please visit the Fort Worth Japanese Society online at

Eden Aoba-Taiko
P.O. Box 3315
Hayward, CA 94540
Masa Fukuizumi, Director
For general info:
Tel: (510) 786-3987
Fax: (510) 783-4773

Eden-Aoba Taiko was formed in 1997 to promote Japanese musical aspects of drumming to community members. It is also Eden-Aoba's purpose to learn respect, harmony and unity through drumming together. They have been demonstrating taiko drumming at various events including the Northern Cal Taiko Expo in Morgan Hill, and at events sponsored by different organizations such as City of Hayward, City of San Leandro, National Japanese American Historical Society, Topaz Reunion, Eden JACL, Eden Athletic Club, Oakland Buddhist Church and more. Their goal is to have a good and fun drumming experience. There are no age limits to Taiko playing. Currently, Eden-Aoba has 40 members, 6 years to 70+.

Emeryville Taiko
1455 64th St.
Emeryville, CA 94608
Contact: Susan Horn
Tel: 510-654-6415

Endo, Kenny
See Kenny Endo Quartet

Eugene Daiko
Eugene Waka Daiko (young drummer's group)
Eugene, Oregon
Contact: Aimee Yogi (503 746-6746)

Florin Kodomo Taiko
PO Box 292006
Sacramento, California. USA
Contact: Bruce Morishita
Tel: (916) 429-6168

Fresno Gumyo Taiko
Affiliated with the Fresno Buddhist Church
1340 Kern St.
Fresno, CA 93706
E-mail contact (Judy):
Performance mgr (Emi): (559) 299-2243
Church phone: (559) 442-4054

Fubuki Daiko
11-224 Kennedy St.
Winnipeg, MB CANADA
R3C 1T1
Tel: 204-943-2989
Fax: 204-943-7196
Contact: Hiroshi Koshiyama

Fushicho Daiko
2217 N. Dayton Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006 USA
Contact: Esther Vandecar
Tel: (602) 528-3490

Fushicho Daiko's home is in Phoenix - the name means Phoenix Drummers. The troupe has been performing for about 8 years and now has 3 members and 2 apprentices. Their sensei, Esther Vandecar, studied Taiko in Japan for seven years before returning to the US to form her own group here. They tour in Lubbock, Texas at Texas Tech University every other year with Martha Durham and Bob Boyko, principal performers of Austin Taiko, as well as in Arizona. Esther teaches residencies to thousands of children in the schools each year, and does workshops for the AZ Department of Education all over Arizona. Members, Tony Trapasso and Eileen Morgan teach in many after school programs. They also do a variety of community and corporate gigs around this state. Founded in 1993.

Fushu Daiko
140 SE 11 ST
Pompano Beach, FL 33060
Contact: Charles & Yoshiko Cane
Tel: 954-254-6849

Founded 1990 by Charles and Yoshiko Cane.

Gen Taiko
Japanese Community Cultural Center of Northern California
1840 Sutter St. Suite#202
San Francisco, CA 94115
Contact: Melody Takata
Tel: (415) 245-2922
Fax: (415) 567-4222

Gen Taiko was founded in 1988 (under the name Kokoro Daiko) to preserve the matsuri (festival) spirit. It is dedicated to teaching children, adults, and seniors discipline of the mind, body and spirit. Classes are focused on promoting community performances. The performing groups help promote Japanese culture and bring an awareness to thousands of children in the bay area.

Hawaii Matsuri Taiko
164 California Ave Wahiawa, HI 96786
Tel: 808-622-1429
Fax: 808-622-1430
contact: Faye Komagata (

Founded 1984.

Hawai'i Taiko Kai
Contact: Morris Masuda ( or
Tel: 808-395-0291 or 808-537-6321 x317
Fax: 808-523-8773
Address c/o: Annette Platt, Hawaii Taiko Kai President
3550 Kalihi Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819


Hawaii Taiko Kai
Hawaii Okinawa Center
94-587 Ukee Street
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797
Hawai'i Okinawan Center

The Hawaii Taiko Kai was formed in 1987 and has as its goal, the preservation of Okinawan culture and the classical style of Okinawan drumming (Koten style). Approximately three years ago, the group started to incorporate the Japanese kumi-daiko style of playing with certain Okinawan patterns. The Kumi-daiko style was brought to the group by four members who took lessons from Kenny Endo Sensei. The club advisors believed that some faster paces numbers had to be taught to the group in order to encourage the participation of the younger, fourth generation Okinawans. There are about twenty active members from twenty-five years old to sixty plus years old. The group currently performs the slower classical and faster paced kumi-daiko style. The group mainly performs for the many Okinawan Ken Jin-Kai clubs active in Hawaii but has also participated in Hawaii's Aloha Day Parade, other public events and personal requests. The group is taught by Terry Higa Sensei who received his teaching certificate from the Mitsufumi Ryu in Okinawa. Morris Masuda assists with blending the kumi-daiko style for certain numbers. The President is Annette Platt.

Hikari Taiko
P.O. Box 4596
Cerritos, CA 90703
Contact: Mary Jane Mayeda
Tel: 562-924-1454

Hinode Taiko
180 McPhillips St
Winnipeg, MB
Canada R3E 2J9
Tel: 204-774-5909
Fax: 204-775-6029
Contact: Pamela Okano

Founded 1982.

Ho Etsu Daiko
1949 Chestnut
Wilmette, Illinois 60091
Tel: 847-256-8283
Email: jkmat;

Ho no Daiko
Alameda, California. USA
Contact: Gen Uno or Joyce Noma-Quan
Tel: (510) 471-2581

Hoh Daiko
c/o Seabrook Buddhist Temple
PO Box 5036 (Northville Road)
Bridgeton, NJ 08302
Tel: 609-346-7641

Affiliated with the Seabrook Buddhist Temple in New Jersey. Founded 1991.

Hyogen Oto Daiko
148 Principale, St-Basile-le-Grand
Province de Quebec, Canada
J3N 1L6
Contact Person_ = Jean-Pierre Neveu
Fax: (450) 461-0693
Tel: (450) 461-0693

Founded 1996.

Ichimi Daiko
508 Allen St
Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Tel: 805-481-3020
Contact: Marlyn Bumpus

Isami Taiko of Gardena Buddhist Church
1517 W. 166th St.
Gardena, CA 90247
Tel: (310) 327-9400

Isshin Daiko
[of Toronto] Toronto, Canada

Isshin Daiko was formed in the spring of 1996 by Reverend Grant Ikuta of the Toronto Buddhist Church as a means to reach out to the larger Toronto community through music. Its 12 members are both church and non-church people of all walks of life. As a group, Isshin Daiko has studied taiko with Yoshikazu Fujimoto of Kodo and Leonard Eto, former music director of Kodo.

Isshin translates as 'one heart', a reflection of how the group plays as a unit. It is also a reference to the idea that the drum is the most basic of instruments - music which echoes our own heart beat.

Isshin Daiko plays traditional Japanese instruments including drums (taiko), flutes (fue) and cymbals (chappa). Performances consist of both traditional and original music composed by its members. The members are: instructor Kiyoshi Nagata, Heidi Chan, John Kerr, Scott Kusano, Margaret Lee, Yoshiko Matsuda, Dave Mazierski, Pam McBurney, Darlene Rieger, Jeff Shimizu, Sandy Usami, and Bruce Yano.

Jishin Daiko (Nikkei Student Association Jishin Daiko)
California State University, Northridge
Contacts: Dean Mimura (

Jishin Daiko is now solely based out of California State University, Northridge. The group is currently inactive. However, the Nikkei Student Association (Japanese American student organization) is seeking interested individuals attending Northridge to join Jishin so that it can again be a viable group within the collegiate taiko community. For more information, please contact Dean Mimura at 626-293-8251.

All of the original members of Jishin have separated from collegiate taiko and have started a new performing group called Kodama.

Isshin Taiko
[of Massichusets] Springfield, MA 01109
Contact: Andrew Verardo,, or Mike Lewenczuk,
Tel: 413-244-4100

Kaji Yama Taiko
Oakland, CA USA
Email Contact: Shannon (
Tel. Contact: Tadashi Davidson (510) 531-3626

Kaji Yama Taiko is the creation of Trevor Tadashi Davidson and Jeff Shannon Davidson, Ph.D. this father and son team studied and performed with San Francisco Taiko Dojo for three years. "Kaji Yama Taiko" translates to "Fire Mountain Drums." The group derives it's name from the 1991 Oakland Hills Fire Storm which is the area where they continue to live and build their drums. They list their priorities as (#1) producing a high quality performance group with contemporary flair, (#2) providing classes in an atmosphere that is fun, socially and emotionally supportive, and physically healthy, and (#3) building quality (barrel stave construction) drums and stands.

Kaminari Taiko of Houston
15501 Lakeview Dr
Houston, TX 77040
Contact: Jay Mochizuki

Kaminari Taiko was founded in 1996 by a group of taiko enthusiasts. One of the founding members, Mr. Jay Mochizuki, has constructed all of the group's drums, including two of the largest o-okedo daiko in the US. One drum now resides in San Francisco as a gift to Master Tanaka and the San Francisco Taiko Dojo and the other makes its home in Houston. "Kaminari" means thunder, and these drums certainly evoke the power of an approaching storm! Under the guidance and training of Grand Master Seiichi Tanaka, Kaminari Taiko has continued to grow and develop over the years and is now producing the annual Houston Grand Taiko Festival.

Katari Taiko
#103 - 1014 Homer Street
Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6B 2W9
Tel: (604) 683-8240
Fax: (604) 683-7911

Katari Taiko operates as a collective. Their goal is to develop a form of Asian-Canadian culture that incorporates the following elements: discipline, physical strength and grace, non-sexism, and musical creativity. Katari Taiko wishes to achieve technical excellence as a group within a collective spirit. A basic assumption is that the strengthening of each individual member will result in the strengthening of the group as a whole. As the first taiko group to form in Canada, Katari Taiko hope to inspire other Asian-Canadians to explore their community and culture. In keeping with this desire, we have given workshops to groups in Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, and Seattle. We also give regular open workshops in Vancouver to enable the general public to get a feeling for taiko and to serve as cultural exchange between Canadians of diverse ethinic backgrounds.

Kawa Taiko
PO Box 143
Ontario, OR 97914-0143
Tel: 541-881-1568

Founded 2000.

Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble
c/o Kendo Music
758 Kapahulu Avenue, #337
Honolulu, Hawaii 968l6
Phone/FAX (808) 737-7236
e-mail address:
Contact: Kenny or Chizuko Endo

The Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble features international taiko performing artist, Kenny Endo. The Kenny Endo Taiko Ensemble performs original contemporary music for taiko, koto, bamboo flutes, and Latin and Japanese percussion highlighting the new dimensions Endo is bringing to an old Japanese art. A unique blend of east and west, Endo's music breaks cultural barriers, appealing to audiences of all ages and nationalities.

KIOKU Contact: Wynn Yamami
New York City
Website: http//

Based in New York City, the musical group KIOKU presents traditional Asian folk music within a new context of collaborative experimentation and improvisation. The trio utilizes East and Southeast Asian percussion (Japanese taiko, Korean gongs, and Filipino kulintang), live laptop electronics and alto saxophone. While deeply committed to the preservation of musical traditions, KIOKU (Japanese for "memory") acknowledges the plasticity of tradition and freely adopts musical techniques found within improv-based and new music circles.e

Kinnara Taiko
c/o Senshin Buddhist Temple
1311 West 37th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Contact: Rev. Masao Kodani
Tel: (323) 731-4617
Fax: (323) 731-1318

Kinnara Taiko is the oldest taiko group in Southern California and one of the oldest groups in the United States. Named after the celestial musicians in Buddhist mythology, Kinnara was founded in 1969 by members of the Senshin Buddhist Temple as a development of the Buddhist performing arts called "Horaku" of "Dharma Entertainment."

Kinnara was the first group in the United States to make their own drums from oak wine barrels, as well as their own costumes and performance pieces. Blending traditional Japanese rhythms with American musical influences, their pieces reflect the background of the members, mostly third and fourth generation Americans of Japanese ancestry. Besides drums of various sizes, other instruments include flutes, shell horns, bells, and a variety of percussion instruments. Pieces include dances such as the Lion Dance and comic interludes.

The group has performed widely in the United States at schools and universities, folk festivals, Buddhist temples, and Japanese-American organizations. Throughout its long history, Kinnaraos influence has touched many groups throughout California, Colorado, Utah, Hawaii, as well as groups in Chicago, New York, Minneapolis, and Seattle.

Kinnara Taiko is part of a larger group of Buddhists interested in the pursuit of Buddhist studies and performing arts. As a cultural part of temple life, Kinnara is a vehicle for teaching succeeding generations of Buddhists attitudes and values through performance.

Kishin Daiko
East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center
1203 West Puente Ave.
West Covina, CA 91790
Contact: Jim Friesen
Tel: (949) 393-9499
Fax: (800) 783-5418

Kishin Daiko is a multi-cultural, multi-generational taiko group based at the East San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center in West Covina California. It was formed in November of 1993 from a group formerly known as West Covina Taiko. Kishin literally means to return to the "heart" or to return to one's roots. Presently there are over 70 members, including a 20-member children's group, Kishin Sho Daiko consisting of children age 4 to 12. Kishin is one of the busiest groups in Southern California, averaging about 60 performances a year. Last year 16 members toured and performed in Japan and participated in Kodo's 1995 Earth Celebration. Founded 1981 as West Covina Taiko, changed to Kishin Daiko in 1993.

Kita No Taiko
3046 108th St.
Edmonton, Alberta, T6J 3S6
Tel: 780-431-0300
Contact: Dan Kinoshita

Founded 1987.

Kiyari Taiko
Dallas, TX

Ko Daiko
New York, NY

[A children's group led by Choonyong Lee.]

Kobushi Daiko
PO Box 701895
Dallas, TX 75370
Tel/Fax: (972) 394 0541 Contact: Kent Multer (

Los Angeles
Contact: Dean Mimura, Taiko Director
Tel: 626-293-8251
Fax: 626-293-8237

Kodama is a group of percussionists from the greater Los Angeles area who are dedicated in performing both traditional and contemporary pieces through the sounds of taiko. The group is primarily composed of 15 working professionals who enjoy sharing their time in learning and creating new and entertaining pieces to perform.

Kodama is most recognized for their unique Mochitsuki (rice cake pounding) performances in which they combine the age-old tradition of pounding mochi with the sounds of taiko. This energetic performance was taught to the group by Makoto Fujii of the Japan based group Medetaya.

Kodama takes their name from the Japanese word for "echo," and literally translated means "echoing sounds." Kodama evolved from the collegiate-based group "Jishin Daiko." The original group was formed in January 1994 with the assistance of Rev. Tom Kurai, shortly after the Northridge earthquake. In October 1997, the group was re-formed as Kodama by Dean Mimura, a founding member of "Jishin Daiko." Rev. Kurai now serves as an advisor to the group.

Kodama performs for many festivals and non-profit events around the L.A. area. Some of our past performances have been for events such as the "Japan Expo, Tofu Festival, and the Taiko gathering at the JACCC. They also perform for various other public and private functions. When not performing or making music, they are most likely making taiko.

Kogen Taiko
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN USA

Kokoro Taiko Kai
Contact: Victor Fukuhara
3199 Orange Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90807
Tel: 562-424-0211
Fax: 562-424-8641

Founded 1990.

Kokyo Taiko
4201 N. Sheridan Rd.
Chicago, IL 60613
Tel: 773-549-5207

Kokyo means "Echo of the Lake," in honor of their proximity to beautiful Lake Michigan. They are sponsored by the Buddhist Temple of Chicago, and current membership is well over 3 dozen people ranging in age from 12 to mid-70's. This figure includes Daruma Kokyo Taiko which is composed mainly of college and high-school-age performers. Founded 1987.

Kokyo Daruma Taiko
c/o Buddhist Temple of Chicago
1151 W. Leland
Chicago, IL 60640,
Contact: Kelly Rika Ito
Tel: (773) 583-5312

A group composed mainly of college and high-school-age performers.

Kona Daifukuji Taiko
P.O.Box 55
Kealakekua, HI 96750
Tel: 808-322-3524.
Fax: 808-322-2129 contact: Ryuji Tamiya (

Koshin Taiko
23176 Carard St
Venice, California
Tel: 818598-1802
Email: or

Koshin taiko was formed in November of 1992. The name means bright heart or bright spirit and it describes the group well. There are several features about Koshin taiko which makes the group unusual. They use okedou-style taikos (hand-made by members) exclusively. Koshin taiko also has been predominantly female. New members - male or female - are always welcome. Koshin Taiko practices Tuesday nights and Sunday mornings at the Venice Japanese Community Center near Marina Del Rey.

Koyasan Spirit of Taiko Group
Sacramento, California
Contact: Sensei Rev. Asahi (916) 444-0111
Instructor: Tiffany Tamaribuchi

Kyodo Taiko see UCLA Kyodo Taiko

Las Vegas Kaminari Taiko
4030 Schiff Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89103-1854
Co-Directors: Jennifer Caballero (, Wendy Dwyer (

Founded in 1993. Sponsored by the Las Vegas chapter JACL.

Los Angeles Matsuri Taiko
Contact: Etsuo Hongo
3821 Cherrywood Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Tel: 323-293-7466

Founded 1977.

Los Angeles Mugen Taiko
Contact: Etsuo Hongo
3821 Cherrywood Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Tel: 323-293-7466

Founded 1988.

Los Angeles Okida Gumi
Contact: Etsuo Hongo
3821 Cherrywood Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Tel: 323-293-7466

Founded 1996.

Maikaze Daiko

Majikina Honryu
Contact: Aiko Tengan
11528 Ridgegate Dr.
Whittier, CA 90601

Makoto Taiko

5577 Deer Creek Dr.
Orlando, FL 32821
Tel: (407) 239-7217
Contact Mr. Takemasu Ishikura

Matsuriza plays at Epcot Center as well as being a featured attration .

Maui Mantokuji Hawaii

Maui Taiko
543 Pohaku St
Kahului, Maui, HI 96732
Tel: 808-871-6586
Fax: 808-877-8705
Contact: Kay Fukumoto

Midnight Taiko Kai
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Midwest Buddhist Temple Taiko
c/o Midwest Buddhist Temple
435 W. Menomonee
Chicago, IL 60614
Contact: Rev. Ron Miyamura
Tel: 312-943-7801

[This group is made up of primarily younger members of the temple most all of whom are of Japanese descent. Their main performances are at the temple's Obon celebration and Ginza Festival. Founded 1977.]

Miyagi Ryu Ohtori no Kai USA
Contact: Noriyoshi Arikaki
2571 Tahoe Ave
Hayward, CA 94545
Tel: (510) 732-0618

Miyagi Ryu Ohtori no Kai performs Okinawan Eisa Taiko and Dance. Okinawan dance was created for and performed to welcome and entertain envoys from China during the trade period. Eisa taiko is lively and often played while dancing, while Okinawan dance has movements somewhat similar to Noh, the classical dance of mainland Japan. It is an integration of Okinawan history and legends choreographed to traditional music. Master Instructor Noriyoshi Arikaki studied under Grand Master Noho Miyagi, who is a National Living Treasure of Okinawan Dance in Japan. Grand Master Arikaki established Ohtori no Kai USA in July of 1991, and they have performed at San Francisco's Herbst Theater, the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, San Jose's Scottish Rite Center and in the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival.

Moab Taiko Dan
PO Box 1086
Moab, UT 84532
Fax: 435-259-6635
Contact: olga ehrlich

Established 1993 [under the name Hen Kei Taiko]. Various levels of experience. They have performed in Salt Lake City, UT, Moab,UT, Vail Colorado. Founder and teacher Annette Kearle moved away in August '98, and currently instructed by Tiffany Tamaribuchi of Sacramento [!].

Mogan Daiko
3041 N. Country Club Rd. #103
Tuscon, AZ
Tel: 520-327-7523

Founded 1976.

Monmouth Taiko
Monmouth, OR

Montana Taiko
Contact: Melissa Dulin
Tel: 406-556-7076

Ongoing classes in the Bozeman/Livingston area with plans to take it across the state.

Montreal Arashi Daiko see Arashi Daiko

Mu Daiko
711 West Lake St. #212
Tel: 612-824-4804

Founded 1997.

Associated with Theater Mu, an Asian American Theater group.

Mutsu Daiko
27504 156th Avenue SE
Covington, WA 98042
Contact: Alan Braddock
Tel: 253-277-2947
Fax: (253) 796-9720

Mutsu Daiko provides educational and entertaining taiko performances solely for schools, libraries, Japanese cultural events, and community organizations. Founded in 2002.

Nagashima Taiko
New York, NY
Tel: (516) 246-5379

Kiyoshi Nagata

[Kiyoshi was Artistic Director and principal performer of Suwa Daiko, has studied with the Kodo drummers on Sado island in Japan, and is now performing with the group which bears his name.]

Napa State Hospital Taiko
Napa, CA

Nen Daiko
Ekoji Buddhist Temple
6500 Lake Haven
Fairfax Station, VA 22039
Contact: Ruth Vines
Tel: 703-239-0500

The Ekoji Buddhist Temple has a new address as well as a beautiful new temple in Fairfax Station, VA.

New Mexico Taiko Club

contact: Calvin Kobayashi (group leader) 1-505-459-1822

NM Taiko was founded through the NM Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) in 1981 at which time they took part in the annual Omatsuri festival held in Albuquerque. Omatsuri was a time for Japanese & Japanese-Americans of New Mexico to celebrate their heritage and share it with the greater community. Due to the limited number of members & experience, NM Taiko disbanded from 1985 - 1995 when a renewed interest brought back seasoned and new members to perform at the America/Japan Week 95' in Albuquerque. Since then, NM Taiko has continued to grow & share the art of Taiko. The group has performed at a variety of events such as festivals, banquets, school functions, anniversary celebrations, community celebrations, martial arts events, retail store celebrations, Albuquerque Tri-centennial and weddings.

New York Suwa Taiko Dokokai Renmei
Contact: Hiro Kurashima
Tel: (718) 651-8051

New York Suwa Taiko Dokokai Renmei is a group which pursuades genuin Suwa style Taiko led by Shihan(master)Hiro Kurashima who studied under the guidence of Grand master Daihachi Oguchi of Suwa Daiko. Taiko teams such as Taiko Masala, New York Taiko Aiko Kai, White Plains Sakura Daiko, New Jersey Oyako Daiko and Genki Daiko of Brooklyn, NY are current members.

Northwest Taiko
3706 South 255th Place
Kent, WA 98032
Tel: 253-941-2278

Northwest Namukai Taiko was formed about 1982/1983 out of a young adult Buddhist study group. The membership eventually grew away from the Buddhist influence, evolved into a performance orientated group, and in 1994, changed the name of the group to Northwest Taiko. However, the group still maintains the basic philosophy of striving not only to learn more about their cultural heritage, but also to promote a strong cultural awareness of Asian American culture through the traditional Japanese art form of drumming. Their motto is "Spirit is the integrity of the group". Northwest Taiko is made up of members with very diverse backgrounds and careers. Northwest Taiko not only enjoys the community contact their performances bring and the power of the drums, but they also enjoy each other.

Norwalk Hikari Taiko
19021 So. Kay Ave
Cerritos, CA 90703
Tel: 562-924-1454
Contact: Mary Jane Mayeda

Odaiko New England
Artistic Director: Mark H. Rooney
Director of Operations: Melissa Ferris/
29 Montvale Ave., #23
Woburn, MA  01801
Tel: (781) 938-DRUM

Odaiko New England (ONE) was founded in 1995 and is one of a handful of taiko groups on the East Coast. We are a performing group that weaves the sounds and traditions of Japanese taiko with diverse musical and performance disciplines to embody a modern spirit.

Strongly committed to diversity, we work together to exemplify the spirit of kumi daiko (ensemble drumming) by harmonizing our creative energy to develop our own unique, dynamic and distinctive Asian American cultural voice. As our name suggests, we hope to drum as ONE voice and to use the power of kumi daiko to speak across the boundaries of race, class, culture, and religion and to bring people together in harmony and community.

Through performances, taiko workshops, lecture demonstrations, and classes, ONE engages audiences, young and old, in a better appreciation and understanding of Asian and Asian American culture. Odaiko New England is currently on the performance roster of Young Audiences of Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. We perform throughout the New England and East Coast region.

Ogden Buddhist Taiko Group
155 North Street
Ogden,UT 84404

Instructed by Stan Hirai and Betty Yamashita

c/o Southern Alameda Buddhist Church
32975 Alverado-Niles
Union City, CA 94587
Contact: Greg Clark
Tel: (510) 791-1811

O'Nami Taiko was formed in 1997 as an outreach program of the South Alameda County Buddhist Church, Buddhist Educational Committee. O'Nami started with 6 members and now has more than 20 active participating members, both men and women, ranging from age 8 to mid 70's. The group meets twice a week for practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Taiko is an ancient form of Japanese drumming. The character Tai means Big and KO means drum and this style drum most likely came to Japan through India and China. The Taiko Drum is used at most Japanese festivals and is additionally used to celebrate the harvest, bring on the rain, frighten away evil spirits, intimidate the enemy and as a means of communication between villages. At Buddhist ceremonies the boom of the great Taiko is said to be the voice of Buddha.

O'Nami means Great Wave. The ocean, water and waves are all used as metaphors in a variety of Buddhist teachings. Playing the Taiko brings a sense of oneness, harmony and interdependence, not only with the drum but also with fellow players. Enjoy the spirit of the Taiko!

One World Taiko
6713 West 53rd Avenue
Arvada, Colorado 80002
Contact: Gary Tsujimoto, Director
Tel: (303) 422-4045
Fax: (303) 422-7001

One World Taiko just moved from Florida after a 4 year gig at Epcot Center at Disney World. The group now works out of the Denver, Colorado area.

Okii Taiko
2338 E. Joyce Terrace
Mustang, OK 73064-6217
Tel: 405-745-3692

Okii Taiko is an amateur, community-based group in Oklahoma City, dedicated to the demonstration through performance of traditional Japanese drumming. We are "Okii Taiko", because we are from Oklahoma, but also because in Japanese "Okii" means "large" or "great". "Taiko" means "big drum". So "Okii Taiko" means "Great, big drum".

Oto-wa Taiko
c/o Ottawa Japanese Cultural Centre
2285 St. Laurent Blvd., Unit B16
Ottawa, Ontario K1G 4Z4

Formed in 1989 by members of the Ottawa Japanese Community Association. Also has a training group called Shinnami that can be contacted as above.

Palo Alto Dharma School Taiko
2751 Louis Rd.
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Contact: Rev. Abiko
Tel: (650) 856-0123

[The Palo Alto Dharma School Taiko group is for members of their Sunday School only.]

Portland Taiko
3230 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, Oregon 97211
Tel: 503-AT TAIKO
Executive Director: Michael Griggs (
Artistic Co-Directors: Teresa Enrico ( and Michelle Fuji (
Operations Manager/Bookings: Heather Lyman (

Portland Taiko is a fifteen-member Asian American drumming group that shares taiko performance with over 40,000 people a year at festivals, theaters, colleges and schools. Portland Taiko's interpretation of the Japanese artform of taiko combines sheer physicality, exuberant movement, and innovative sounds. Portland Taiko has toured in California, Idaho, Washington and Oregon, and has received recognition by the American Composers Forum and the National Endowment for the Arts as Oregon's Continental Harmony Project. Recently, Portland Taiko performed as one of six premiere performing groups in the feature concert of the North American Taiko Conference in Los Angeles. Founded 1994.

Japanese Church of Christ
268 West 100 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
Tel: 801 533-0082
Contact: Laura Olson or Denyse Nakashima

Raijin taiko group of salt lake city has been existence for 4 years. Their sensei is Kirsten Pauka of the Kenny Endo taiko group of Hawaii. Raijin is dedicated to the retention of the historic values of Old Japan. The strength of the young is rooted in the traditions of their past.

Renegade Taiko
PO Box 590051
San Francisco, CA 94159-0051
Director: Kevin Mukai

Founded in 2000, Renegade Taiko (RT) is a new and innovative component of the Renegades Association of California, a California 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization (Tax ID #91-1836724). Rooted in taiko, or Japanese drums, Renegade Taiko's charter is to establish a taiko group that not only encompasses traditional and contemporary taiko drumming, but also incorporates evolutionary concepts in drumming, marching percussion, music, and performance.

Renegade Taiko is comprised largely of existing performing members of the Renegades Drum and Bugle Corps, although membership is open to anyone with an interest in taiko and drumming. Director Kevin Mukai brings his background of over 9 years as a performing member with the world-renowned San Jose Taiko.

Info on Classes: Renegade Taiko does not currently offer classes or workshops, but interested persons can contact director Kevin Mukai regarding membership opportunities.

2237 Prince St
Berkeley, CA 94705
Contact: Janet Koike
Tel: 510 874-4733

Carolyn Brandy, Tina Blaine (Bean), and Janet Koike are the members of Rhythmix. All are percussionists, composers and educators with a vast array of rhythmic sensibilities. Rhythmix combines music of Japanese Taiko with Middle Eastern, African and Afro-Cuban percussion to create new sounds with a World Beat.

Ryukyu-koku Matsuri Daiko USA Headquarters
2000 Spencerville Road
Spencerville, MD 20868
Tel: (562) 879-0945
Fax: (562) 421-1267

The objectives of this organization is to promote world peace through Taiko culture and to guide young people to be the good citizens of the world. This organization has 5 Regional Directors and many Local Branch Managers. The members practice Taiko at least 2 times a week. Ryukyu-Koku Matsuri Daiko group participated in the Centenial Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Atlanta, Georgia. The members come from all over the USA to participate in the National Cherry Blossom Parade each year. They have been Televised on NBC nationwide for the last 3 years and have performed at Carnegie Hall. All of the branches perform on many different occasions.

Ryukyu-Koku Matsuri Daiko, L.A. Branch
E. San Gabriel Valley Japanese Community Center
West Covina, CA, 91790
Contacts: Aiko Tokunaga (562) 695-9533 and Doreen Whiteley (909) 369-8644

Ryu Shu Taiko
c/o Ryu Shu Kan
1256 Waverly Ave
Farmingville, NY 11738
Tel: (631) 698-CHOP
Email: or

Ryu Shu Taiko (Flowing Hand Taiko), was founded to promote taiko instruction with emphasis on basic skills, movement and discipline. Students will enjoy the workshops with advanced players that will be scheduled on a regular basis. Dojo Director is Gerard Senese

Sacramento Taiko Dan
Sensei: Tiffany Tamaribuchi
P.O. Box 189338
Sacramento, CA 95818
info/phone mail line: (916) 444-5667
Booking: Kaori Kubota
Phone/fax: (916) 391-9650

Saint Cloud Daigaku Arashi Taiko Dan
AC 117E, Atwood Center, SCSU
St. Cloud, MN, 56301-4498

Saint Cloud Daigaku Arashi Taiko Dan was formed Sept. 5, 1997. As a sub-group of the Saint Cloud State University Japan Club, it is the first collegiate taiko organization in the state of Minnesota. Rehearsals are every Friday evening at 7:00pm. They last about two hours.

San Diego Taiko
San Diego, CA, USA
Contact: John Iversen
Tel: 619-757-6210

San Diego Buddhist Temple Taiko
Contact: Ralph Honda
7248-290 Camino Degrazia
San Diego, CA. 92111
tel: (619) 239-0896

San Fernando Valley Mugen Taiko
Contact: Etsuo Hongo
3821 Cherrywood Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Tel: (213) 293-7466

San Francisco Taiko Dojo
The Taiko Showroom:
1581 Webster Street, Suite 201,
San Francisco, CA 94115
Tel/Fax: (415) 928-2456
Contact: Ryuma Tanaka
212 Ryan Way
South San Francisco, CA 94080
Tel/Fax: (650) 583-4900

San Francisco Women's Taiko Troupe
Tel: 415-661-0940 Leader: Carol Ayers

This all women's group is located in San Francisco. Beginning and intermediate classes are held weekly. Our group is informal in structure and our classes are supportive and fun!

San Jose Taiko
Roy Hirabayashi, Managing Director
PJ Hirabayashi, Creative Director
Mailing address:
PO Box 26895, San Jose, CA 95159
Office address:
565 North 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95112
(408) 293-9344
(408) 293-9366 - fax
(408) 293-2859 - studio - email address - web site

San Jose Taiko began in 1973 and has been developing itself as a contemporary Asian American performing arts ensemble. One of the leading taiko touring groups in North America, San Jose Taiko supports a full time core artistic and administrative staff. Other programs include a Junior Taiko program, Summer Taiko Camp, Summer Music Series, collaborations with guests artists, an annual home season concert program series in the spring, Odaiko newsletter with a circulation of over 11,000, Summer Intern Program, and an in depth 2 year audition process for new members. San Jose Taiko is known for our unique style and large repertoire of original work.

San Jose Taiko is available for workshops, residency activities, corporate events, community performances, concerts and collaborative projects. Please check our web site for more information about our group.

San Mateo Buddist Temple Taiko
613 South Humboldt St #B
San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel: 415-579-7341
Contact: Charlie Chin

The San Mateo Buddist Temple Taiko group was founded in 1992. They meet on Tuesday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 PM at the temple which is located at 2 South Claremont Street, San Mateo, CA 94402 All are welcome.

Sand Lake Tomodachi Taiko
Sand Lake Elementary School
7500 Jewel Lake Rd.
Anchorage, Alaska 99502
Tel: 907-243-2161
Fax: 907-243-6025

Founded 2000.

Saratoga Taiko
21811 Via Regina
Saratoga, CA 95070
Contact: Art Okuno or Aki Okuno
Tel: 408-867-4297

Saratoga Taiko is a community based group comprised of mostly seniors. They play local community events and perform at schools in the Saratoga area.

Sawagi Taiko
720 West 19th Ave., Vancouver, B.C. Canada, V5Z 1X2
Phone: (604) 876-7358 or 604-322-5600
Fax: (604) 633-0871

Sawagi Taiko is the first all-women's taiko group in Canada, formed in 1990. Sawagi Taiko pools their common and unique experiences as East-Asian women living in Canada and focuses their creative energy and ideas into a powerful expression that is always heard and can't be ignored. As a performing group, Sawagi Taiko looks to smash hierarchies and to create an environment where all our members can initiate and explore their artistic visions. Their taiko player's collective taiko experience amounts to over 70 years. They also bring other artistic skills into our performance, such as dance, theatre, movement and voice. These different performance skills give a distinctive interdisciplinary feel to our repertoire.

Seattle Kokon Taiko
15910 Uplands Way SE
North Bend, Washington 98045
Contact: Carol Reitz
General Info: 425-888-8848

Founded 1980.

Seattle Matsuri Taiko
1427 South Main St
Seattle, WA 98107 Contact: Donna Zumoto
Tel: 425-237-0884

Shasta Taiko
Russel Baba and Jeanne Mercer
1723 N. Old Stage Rd.
Mt. Shasta, CA 96067
Tel: (916) 926-3353

Shasta Taiko was started in 1984 by Russel Baba and Jeanne Aiko Mercer, who studied and performed taiko for 10 years with the San Francisco Taiko Dojo before moving to Mt. Shasta. They have taught the art of taiko for the past 10 years - 7 of them as California Arts Council Artists in Residence, to children and adults in the Mt. Shasta Community.

Shinboku Taiko
Fort Collins, Colorado

[Children's group]

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Contact: David Okura (613)226-4812

Shinnami is a training group asscociated with Oto-wa Taiko.

Shinnyo-En USA
Eastchester, New York
Contact: Hiro Kurashima
Tel: 718-851-7151.

Shinsho Mugen Daiko
1106 Harrison St
Monterey, CA 93940
Email: Tel: 831-333-1445

Founded 1999.

Shoken-Ji Taiko 620 North Avenue
Vista, CA 92083
Tel: 760-724-3360

[Affiliated with the Vista Buddhist Temple]

Somei Yoshino Taiko Ensemble 900 East 11th. St
Oakland, CA 94606
Tel: 510-835-2003

Founded 1999.

Soh Daiko
332 Riverside Dr
New York, NY, 10025
Tel: 212-769-5651, 917-691-5253
Contact: Teddy Yoshikami, Merle Okada

Sonoma County Taiko
Tel: (707) 575 0723
3325 Regional Parkway Suite 12 Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Founded in May 1995, Sonoma County Taiko (SCT) brings Taiko to the Northern California Wine Country. Created with the technical assistance of Sacramento Taiko Dan, SCT has members who are currently studying with the San Francisco Taiko Dojo. SCT currently holds classes and performs at local schools, ethnic festivals and other civic activities in Sonoma County. SCT debuted outside of the County at the 1996 Cherry Blossom Festival, in San Francisco. SCT recently celebrated its tenth anniversary with a 2 hour concert.

Spokane Taiko
Spokane, Washington
Contact: Michiko at The Japanese Cultural Center
Tel: 509-328-2971

Spokane Taiko practices at Mukogawa Girls College. The group was founded in October of 1997. For information you can contact the Japanese Cultural Center at Mukogawa.

Saint Louis Osuwa Taiko
St. Louis, MO
Contact: Andrew Thalheimer (

The first Osuwa Taiko was formed by Daihachi Oguchi in Japan, and since then he has helped found other Osuwa Taiko branches throughout the world. Daihachi Oguchi visited St. Louis approximately 15 years ago and with a generous donation of hand made drums to the city of St. Louis, the first Osuwa Taiko in St. Louis was formed. The first group consisted of local high school students and was disbanded several years later when members had to pursue their tertiary education elsewhere. St. Louis Osuwa Taiko was restarted at Washington University in September of 1996 with the return of Joe Kimura, one of the founding members of the original St. Louis Osuwa Taiko. Since then the group has grown into a community group and have been invited to perform at numerous festivals and ceremonies thoughout the Mid-western region of the United States.

O-Tatsu Taiko
Stamford, CT
Contact: Sandra Shen
Tel: 914-499-4312 or 203-323-3950.

Directed by Sandra Shen, ... various instructors. Practice in Stamford on Thursday nights...7-10pm. New members welcome.

Stanford Taiko
Tel Contact: Steve Sano 650-494-1321

Stockton Bukkyo Taiko
Stockton, California. USA
Contact: Adele and Earl Fox
Tel: (916) 463-5386

Founded 1990.

Stony Brook University Taiko Ensemble
Rm 130 Life Sciences Building
Stony Brook Unviversity
Stony Brook, NY 11790-5222
Tel: (516) 751-2638
Fax: (516) 632-9797
Contact: Janet Youngblood
Contact Tel: (516) 751-2638
Contact Email:

Stony Brook University Taiko Ensemble is a new student group affiliated with the Department of Philosophy, Asian American Studies area at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. It was founded September, 1999. They are planning demonstrations of Taiko throughout the year and hope to develop skills for performance with emphasis on the development of our their repertoire of pieces.

Stony Brook University Taiko Ensemble welcomes visitors to Long Island to contact them and to join them to play when traveling through. They have regular workshops with Marco Lienhard, New York City, who is their primary instructor. Practices are held on Tuesdays and Sundays. Please contact them if you wish to attend.

Taiko Center of Los Angeles
Contact: Rev. Tom Kurai
819 S. Lincoln Ave
Monterey Park, CA 91755
Tel/Fax: 626-307-3839

Founded 1996.

Taiko Center of the Pacific
758 Kapahulu Ave #337
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: 808-737-7236
Contact: Chizuko Endo

Founded 1994.

Taiko Masala
New York, New York
Instructor: Hiro Kurashima
Tel: 718-851-7151
Fax: 718-851-8051

Taiko Masala is a new Taiko group based on New York metropolitan area. They play traditional taiko music to contemporary world music. A taiko workshop is available every sunday at 3:00pm. The dojo is located in Scasdale Westchester , easily accessible from New york, New jersey and Connecticut.

Taiko with Toni
PO Box 102514
Denver, CO 80250
Tel/Fax: 303-753-9160

Founded 1994.

Contact: Marco Lienhard
55 Park Ter. East , B-63
New York, NY 10034
Tel/ Fax: 212-569-1336

Taikoza is a Japanese percussion group that uses the powerful rhythms of the taiko drums to create an electrifying energy that carries audiences in a new dimension of excitement. Drawing from Japan's rich tradition of music and performance, Taikoza has created a new sound using a variety of instruments. In addition to drums of assorted sizes, Taikoza incorporates also the shakuhachi and the fue( both bamboo flutes) to create a new dimension.

Marco Lienhard and his group have been performing together [since 1994]. Previous to that, they have performed together on many occasions during their long careers and friendships. Their love for the taiko art form transcends national boundaries, bringing new energy to this ancestral form. The group has performed at the Washington,D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival in 1996 and 1997. The members have individually played the Taiko for over 10 years, and have extensively toured Europe, Asia and North America.

Taishoji Taiko
275 Kinoole Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Tel: (808)-935-8407
Fax: (808)-961-6124

Taishoji Taiko is led by Mr. Earl Ikeda, Mrs. Edith Nishino and Junior Leader Mr. Jason Nakagawa.l

Tanuki Taiko
3230 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR 97211
Tel: 503-224-1458
Fax: 503-224-1459

Founded 1998.

Taishoji Taiko is led by Mr. Earl Ikeda, Mrs. Edith Nishino and Junior Leader Mr. Jason Nakagawa.l

San Francisco Bay Area
Contact: Phil (510) 548-3508

Tatsumaki Taiko is based in Berkeley California, and under the direction of Phil Pickering, formerly of "Taiko Spirit." The group performs around the Bay Area for non-profit organizations, festivals, and other public events. They also teach workshops and classes to children and adults. They encourage artistic freedom and self-expression, and strive to blend traditional taiko with modern rhythms and musical styles. Membership is open to all.

Taos Taiko
Box 6259
Taos, New Mexico
Tel: 505-776-3880

Founded 1998.

Texas Tumbleweed Taiko
6111 Skyline
Hoston, TX, 77057-7005
Contact: Ray Vargas
6514 Bosley Lane
Houston, TX 77084
Tel: 281-861-0292
Fax: 713-731-2544

Texas Tumbleweed Taiko was founded 1999, with six members and growing stronger with each weeks practice. They are a break-away group from another ensemble in their town. The group's two leaders, Jean Philbin and Chris Harggett, studied extensively while living in Japan. Currently they own one drum and practice on tires. The Tachibana School of Japanese Cultural Arts provides a practice space. The group practices on Friday evening at 7:00pm at 6111 Skyline for two hours followed by one hour social gathering at CoCo's Sushi and Yakitori.

Thearer Mu
711 West Lake Street, Suite 212
Minneapolis, MN 55408
Tel: 612-824-4804 TTY/TDD: 1-800-627-3529 via the Minnesota Relay Service
Fax: 612-824-3396

Togen Daiko
250 South H Street
Oxnard CA 93030
Contact: Bruce Arikawa
Tel: 805-482-8124

Togen Daiko is a multi-generational community group with members ranging in age from 8-50+ and based out of the Oxnard Buddhist Temple.

Several of the members are from the same family and the group enjoys "bridging the gap."  As parents play alongside their children, this helps the group create a variety of performance pieces that both their young, as well as their young-at-heart members enjoy playing. Togen Daiko continues to expand their repertoire mixing visual movements with a variety of taiko styles

Being one of the few Ventura County taiko groups, They share the distinctive taiko sounds with beginner's clasees and performances from communities from Los Angeles to San Luis Obispo.

Tokidoki Taiko
Contact: Lorne Mallin
4411 West 5th Avenue
Vancouver, B.C.
Canada V6R 1S4
Phone: 604-222-3379
Fax: 604-222-0232

Tokidoki is the Japanese word for "sometimes" and describes our fairly casual and fun approach to taiko. Our group grew out of workshops led by John Endo Greenaway, the artistic director of Vancouver's professional group, Uzume Taiko. We have also trained with Katari Taiko, the city's original group. We gave our first public performance in June, 1994, at a garage sale at the Or Shalom synagogue in Vancouver. On June 23, 1996, we gave our fifth public performance, again at Or Shalom. So you can see that we perform only tokidoki. We practise Sunday afternoons for two and a half hours at a space shared by four of Vancouver's five groups. At the beginning of this year we held workshops to recruit new members and doubled our numbers to 10. Tokidoki's members include four who have studied taiko in Japan. Our pieces include Wachi Daiko, Ryujin Daiko, the ubiquitous Matsuri Daiko and a unique taiko version of The Shema, Judaism's holiest statement. Tokidoki's ethnic composition includes two Japanese-born, a Japanese Canadian, a Chinese Canadian and three Jews. We are eight women and two men.

Tozai - Wadaiko
Sacramento, CA
Director: Tiffany Tamaribuchi

Tri-Cities Taiko
Pokatello, ID
Contact: Micki Kawakami
Tel: 208-234-1654

Triangle Taiko
North Carolina
Contact person: Yoko Iwashima
email address:

Triangle Taiko is an all-volunteer group under the Nippon Club of the Triangle which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing intercultural programs and activities in the Triangle Area (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill) of North Carolina.

Tsukasa Daiko
5442 N Californai Ave
Chicago, IL 60625
(773) 275-6660

Tsukasa Daiko was recently formed from a group called Wakadaiko. In the past during the Wakadaiko era, they performed at various locations such as the Botanical Gardens, United Center, some temples in Chicago and they even traveled to other states such as Ohio and Indiana.

Tsunami Taiko
11606 59th Ave South
Seattle, WA 94178
Tel: 206-723-7173

Tsunami Taiko began in 1990 as a summer program for children with several families interested in providing their children with cultural enrichment. Due to the enthusiastic response from the children, the parents decided to continue playing taiko on a regular basis. To enable to the members to see the fruits of their labor, the group began to accept performances. Since 1991 Tsunami Taiko has performed at several major festivals in the Seattle area such as Folklife, Bumbershoot, Special Olympics and Seattle Cherry Blossom Festival. In addition the group plays at many schools and for corporate events for Sumitomo Corporation, the Port of Seattle and Tim Girvin Design.

The group officially formed in the summer of 1990 with the emphasis on an activity for youths. The current members are between 13 and 21 years of age and play with an extremely high level of accomplishment.

The performing style of Tsunami Taiko is influenced by a combination of several different groups from Japan and the U. S., along with influences from contemporary American music. This evolved to make the performances exciting for both the audience and the drummers.

The group is now under the direction of founding member Tyrone Nakawatase. Former instructor, Scot Kamimae, also continues to work with the group as an outside consultant and booking agent. The group has worked with many other groups and intstructors including Faye Komogata, Yoshikazu Fujimoto, Kenny Endo and P.J. Hirabayashi.

Practices are on Wednesday evenings beginning at 6:30 pm at the Nisei Veterans Hall located at 1212 S King St, Seattle, WA. Visitors are welcome, but please call in advance..

UCI Jodaiko
Contact: Darren Endo

The group was started in the summer of 1992 by Peggy Kamon. UCI Jodaiko hosted the 5th Annual Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational at UC Irvine in 1998.

UCLA Kyodo Taiko
University of California, Los Angeles
Contact: Walter Tsushima/Marykay Tsuji

First Collegiate group formed in America. Founded 1990.

UCR Taiko Ensemble
Department of Music
University of California, Riverside
Riverside, CA 92521-0325
Contact: Dr. Deborah Wong
Tel: 909-787-3726
Fax: 909-787-4651

Victoria, B.C.

Uminari Taiko is a community-based group in Victoria, B.C. that has its roots in a workshop facilitated by Vancouver's Katari Taiko. Since its inception in January 2002, Uminari Taiko has performed in numerous schools, and public and private events both in Victoria and around Vancouver Island. They are closely affiliated with the Victoria Nikkei Cultural Society, and they maintain close links with other community-based groups and organizations.

UT GinDaiko

UT GinDaiko is a student-run Japanese drumming ensemble at the University of Texas-Austin. The group was founded in 2006 by Megan Clark and Adryon Burton, former members of Stanford Taiko. Our mission is to bring the joy of taiko drumming to the UT community, and to support Asian American cultural life and awareness through our performances and workshops.

Uzume Taiko
Uzume Taiko Drum Group Society
406 - 857 Beatty St.
Vancouver, B.C. Canada V6B 2M6
Tel: (604) 418-8231

Vista Shoken-Ji Buddhist Taiko see Shoken-Ji Taiko

This group is independent and is made of younger people with over half being Japanese or of Japanese descent. Wakadaiko travels and has appeared several times in Columbus, OH over the past couple years among other places.

Waidaiko Newark
35777 Cedar Blvd.
Newark, CA 94560
Performance Contact: Sue Eustice
Tel: (day) 510-818-4266 (eve) 510-791-0901
Class Contact:

Wadaiko Newark was formed in cooperation with the Newark Unified School District in 2003. They teach through the Newark Adult Education Program. Wadaiko Newark currently has a busy performing group as well as teaching classes for apprentice drummers. They are very active in building and selling wine barrel taiko, and offer instruction in how to build your own.

Wasabi Daiko
Toronto, Canada

[Now defunct. Was founded by Shinobu Homma]

Watsonville Taiko Drummers
Watsonville, California
Contact: Karen Groppi
P.O. Box 1673
Watsonville, CA 95077-1673
Tel: 831-426-9526

Watsonville Taiko was founded in 1991. Ikuyo Conant has been the Artistic Director and Sensei since 1992. Watsonville Taiko studies, learns, and preserves the art of traditional and modern styles of Taiko drumming. It also creates a Taiko drumming community for performers and supporters and stresses "Folk Art" because it values peoples' participation with others. We offer classes and workshop for children and adults to learn Taiko and associated arts.

Yakudo Taiko Studio
160 Islington Avenue, Studio 207
Etobicoke, Ontario
Tel: 416-410-9169

Yakudo, literally translated, means "full of life and energy". This Toronto based Taiko group set forth in 1992 and is a progression of the former Toronto Suwa Daiko, which was founded in 1981.

Yoki Daiko
3434 Holt Ave
West Covina, California 91791
Contact: Keiji Uesugi
Phone: 626-331-5065

Yuko Daiko, Inc.
Lorraine Compton, Executive director.
PO Box14467
St. Petersburg, FL 33733-4467
Phone and fax# 813-327-8220
E-mail taiklo@aol.Com

YushinDaiko; a Japanese American Taiko Group
Director: Masaye Okano Nakagawa
5035 26th Ave S.
Seattle WA 98108
Phone: (206)723-7345
Fax: (206) 722-3767

Zen Matsuri Daiko
c/o Kauai Zenshuji Soto Mission
P.O. Box H
Hanapepe, HI 96716
phone: (808)335-3521
contact: Amy Tawata (

Zen Matsuri Daiko has been together for about ten years. The group started when they were introduced to taiko at a workshop, held by Faye Komagata of Hawaii Matsuri Taiko. Since then, they have been practicing on our own. Occassionally taking workshops from other groups, they kept on with their "peer" teaching. Currently, the group is formed by high school and elementary school students, and directed by Amy Tawata.

Zenshin Daiko
220-A Kaupea Street
Makawao, HI 96768
Contact person: Anthony Jones (
Tel: (808) 871-1222
Fax: (808) 877-8901

Zenshin Daiko was incorporated as a non-profit on March 23, 1999. Zenshin Daiko focuses on children but also lets interested parents participate.

Zenshuji Zendeko Taiko Group
c/o Zenshuji Soto Mission
123 S. Hewitt St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 624-0463
Contact: Vivian Seki ( or Warren Nishikawa (

Zendeko has been called "one of the premier" youth oriented performing arts group in the nation. Initially trained by the internationally acclaimed Za Ondekoza, Zendeko has continued to carry the art of taiko and has recently celebrated its tenth anniversary in 1996. Zendeko is a non-profit, Little Tokyo community based group. Its goals are to teach young adults about Japanese heritage through the traditional art of taiko, while sharing with everyone the sound of their music. Members age range from 12 to 29.

Genki Entertainment
P.O. Box 780464
Orlando, FL 32878-0464

Tel: 407-282-1454

South American Taiko Groups

Av. Leonardo Da Vinci, 1520 apto. 44
Sao Paulo, Brazil
CEP 04313-001
Tel: (5511) 5011.7373