Intern with NATC!

The 11th Biennial North American Taiko Conference (NATC) is being held August 9-11, 2019 at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.  Since its inception in 1997, NATC has been the largest known gathering of taiko (traditional Japanese drumming) practitioners in the world. For 2019, the NATC will bring together approximately 600 participants for three days Read More

The Secret Sauce in Workshop Placements 2019

NATC veterans may recall the debut of the Workshop Algorithm in 2017, designed, developed, and implemented by Josh Yoon (Stanford Taiko, 2013-17). The clever computer program allowed Conference Coordinator Terry Nguyen and her team to sleep at night. It’s back! And poised to place a sell-out crowd into 57 Workshops over 5 Sessions. To help you understand the Read More

Apply to perform in Taiko Ten!

This year’s Taiko Ten theme is COLLABORATION. If your taiko group has an interesting collaboration to share with the NATC audience, please consider submitting an application! Applications are due by April 30th. Please note: Due to venue capacity, at least 50% of those whom you intend to perform with you at Taiko Jam must be registered Read More

Registration Updates

3.23.2019 Shoji Kameda’s Omiyage Mini-Intensive is SOLD OUT. To be added to the waiting list for this program, please email and be sure to indicate which Mini-Intensive you would like to register for. In the event that space becomes available, we will reach out to you with instructions for registering. 3.18.2019 Tiffany Tamaribuchi’s Kasuga-Style Read More

Why you should go to NATC Reason #1: The Community

TCA. Taiko Community Alliance. Community is our middle name – the Community that was born at NATC. Before NATC, the taiko community was very loosely organized, relying primarily on informal relationships. The Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC), a nonprofit ethnic arts and cultural center based in Los Angeles, saw the need for a gathering Read More

Why you should go to NATC Reason #2: Mini-Intensives

After a highly successful launch in 2017, NATC Mini-Intensives are back! If you missed NATC 2017, below are some FAQs about Mini-Intensives. If you’re already familiar with the innovative Mini-Intensive concept, then you’ll understand that the Mini-Intensives this year really represent three reasons to attend NATC 2019. If you’ve ever wanted to learn or teach Omiyage, then Read More

Why you should go to NATC Reason #3: Food & Drink

ATTENTION ALL FOODIES! Portland is the foodie mother-ship and she’s calling us home! It’s no secret that taiko players like to eat. It’s also no secret that Portlandians also enjoy quality food and beverages. Whether you’re a carnivore, omnivore, or herbivore, Portland has you covered with farm fresh, artisan-made, quality food from around the world. The Read More

Why you should go to NATC Reason #4: Taiko Ten

Go to NATC for The People and stay for the party! For the first time in NATC history the Welcome Reception and Taiko Ten will be a single event and signal the start of NATC 2019 on Friday night. The Welcome Reception combines food and friends. Taiko Ten presents 10 taiko groups playing for 10 minutes each on Read More