Why Hachijo-jima?

by Yuta Kato November, 2001 Coming back to my tiny dorm room in Tokyo, I receive a phone call from a taiko friend that lives in New York, Hideaki.  The conversation goes something like this, “Hey Yuta! Hitomi and I are visiting Japan for a bit. We’re planning on going to Hachijo since we made friends with some of the folks there, you wanna come?” … Continue reading Why Hachijo-jima?

Asano Taiko US & Los Angeles Taiko Institute (LATI)

About the opening of ASANO TAIKO U.S. by Katsuji Asano (November 14th, 2013) . Ever since I was a child, I grew up admiring my father’s figure as much as my mother’s, who supported him throughout. Surrounded by taikos as if it was a natural thing, I grew up listening to its sound; the workplace had become my playground. Back at home, visitors would come … Continue reading Asano Taiko US & Los Angeles Taiko Institute (LATI)

2011 North American Taiko Conference

This year, over 800 taiko players from all over the United States, Canada, Japan, South America and the United Kingdom enjoyed over 48 workshops, two concerts, various jam sessions, lectures and panel discussions that took place on the campus of Stanford University.  Due to the great diversity of activities, I imagine that most participants at this year’s conference had a wide variety of experiences.  What … Continue reading 2011 North American Taiko Conference