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

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

NATC's Importance - Workshop Leaders

NATC’s Importance: As told by Workshop Leaders

Workshops dominate many participants’ time at the North American Taiko Conference. Out of the 25.5 hours of activities currently scheduled for this summer’s gathering at the University of California San Diego, 12.5 hours (49%) are workshops! Of course, participants at past conferences have listed the workshops as one of the major reasons for attending, so Read More

20 Years to NATC - ECTC

20 Years to NATC Timeline: East Coast Taiko Conference

This week, as part of our 20 Years to NATC timeline, we are featuring the East Coast Taiko Conference! The North American Taiko Conference has inspired many regional taiko conferences, including the East Coast Taiko Conference (ECTC). The first ECTC was held in 2011 at Cornell University, hosted by Yamatai. Since then, players from across Read More

Timeline 2- EUROPEAN TAIKO CONFERENCE

20 Years to NATC Timeline: European Taiko Conference

This week, our 20 Years to NATC timeline celebrates one of many community gatherings that have been started over the last twenty years.  Most recently, the European Taiko Community has come together for ETC, the European Taiko Conference. NATC has inspired performers across the world to hold their own conferences! In 2016, the first European Read More