Learning from the BestPerforming members Andrew, Elizabeth, and Jaci recently attended the 2017 North American Taiko Conference in San Diego to learn new songs and techniques from some amazing taiko artists from around the world. Read about their experiences, plus learn the history behind the popular song "Omiyage" by Shoji Kameda, in our latest newsletter.
Two Japanese Festivals in SeptemberWe will be returning to the Missouri Botanical Garden and Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden in Springfield, MO, for two Japanese Festivals in September! Get our performance schedule, plus learn about about the popular festival song, "Matsuri Taiko," and get the latest information on our upcoming classes, in our latest newsletter.
Festival preparations... it's not just song prep!We recently took a break from song rehearsals to take care of some much-needed repairs to our equipment. See what we were up to, plus learn more about the song "Hanabi" by Hiroshi Tanaka, in our latest newsletter.
Learn to play an instrument at any age!Forget the old saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." You can learn something new - like playing taiko - at any age! Check out some of the benefits of learning to play an instrument, plus learn about the popular song Hiryu San-Dan Gaeshi, in our latest newsletter.
Minnesota Taiko Festival RoundupPerforming member Joel recently attended the first Minnesota Taiko Festival, led by performers and educators from North America and Japan. Learn about Joel's adventures in the Twin Cities, plus meet volunteer Tony Salini, in our latest newsletter.
Arigatou gozaimoshita! (Thank you!)We had an amazing experience performing at the Touhill, all made possible with support from numerous individuals and organizations. Learn more about their contributions, plus learn about our latest song, "Taniec Chasydski," which debuted at the Touhill, in our latest newsletter.
Learning Traditional Songs, Modern TechniquesWe recently enjoyed a return visit from renowned taiko and fue performer and educator, Eien Hunter-Ishikawa, to learn traditional music from Old Tokyo as well as new skill-building techniques. Learn more about our time with Eien, our song Mizumoto-en, and check out our upcoming schedule in our latest newsletter.
Check out our upcoming performances!We're super excited to be returning to the Focal Point in March, plus we will be performing for the first time at the Touhill Performing Arts Center! Check out our latest newsletter for information on both shows, plus learn about one of our original pieces, JuugoYa.
Happy New Year!The New Year is Japan's biggest holiday, and we celebrated with drumming and dancing at the St. Louis Japanese Language School Shinnen-kai (New Year) celebration. Read about the festivities, plus meet Board of Directors member Michael Faris, and say goodbye to performing member Susan Kissinger, in our latest newsletter.
What's your New Year resolution?Do you want to learn to play an instrument? Be more active? Why not learn to play taiko? Check out our upcoming class schedule, plus meet performing member Natsuki, in our latest newsletter.
Season of ThanksgivingThank you to our volunteers, donors, board members, and fans who have helped to make this year - our 30th anniversary - extraordinary! Learn about our volunteers' activities, plus get information about the shishimai (lion dance), and meet our new member, Elizabeth, in our latest newsletter.
"Top 15 Things St. Louisans Take for Granted"
We're honored to be called a "clear highlight" of the annual Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden as part of a new list of the "Top 15 Things St. Louisans Take for Granted" from examiner.com.
We love performing for thousands of fans at the festival every Labor Day weekend.