20 Years to NATC Timeline- KaDON teaches the world (1)

20 Years of NATC Timeline: kaDON Takes Taiko to the Internet

Taiko learning entered a new era in 2014 when kaDON was founded by Kenny Endo, Kaoru Watanabe, and Shoji Kameda in partnership with Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten. Through this online venture, performers can learn how to play taiko, fue, and chappa as well as pieces composed by Kameda and Watanabe. With offerings for beginners and longtime Read More

20 Years to NATC - TaikoProject Wins

20 Years of NATC Timeline: TAIKOPROJECT Wins Tokyo International Taiko Contest

Just 5 years after they were founded in 2000, TAIKOPROJECT won the adult group division of the 2005 Tokyo International Taiko Contest. They were the first American group to ever win in this competition. After playing the assigned piece “beat Essence” required of all competitors, they performed “Expanding” and “Omiyage.” This feat introduced Japan to Read More


Announcement: Workshop Leader Change

Due to unforeseen circumstances, Eri Uchida is unable to join us as a workshop leader for the North American Taiko Conference. We have worked with Kodo to arrange for Yoshie Abe to offer both workshops as planned: Beautiful Katsugi Okedo Playing and Mindfulness of the Sole Strike. Yoshie Abe (née Sunahata) entered the Kodo Apprentice Read More

20 Years to NATC - RTG

20 Years to NATC Timeline: Regional Taiko Gathering

At the first NATC in 1997, Duane Ebata, then Program Chair of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), challenged attendees to start their own regional conferences. The first meeting to come from that challenge was the Regional Taiko Gathering. Held every two years since 1998 at various sites across the Pacific Northwest and Read More

20 Years to NATC Timeline- KaDON teaches the world (1)

NATC Needs ASL Interpreters!

Hello Taiko Community! TCA is looking for American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters to help with workshop and plenary session interpreting at this summer’s North American Taiko Conference in San Diego. If you are ASL-enabled, and are interested in helping with this endeavor, contact us at concierge@taikocommunityalliance.org. We’re doing our best to help make NATC accessible Read More