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Announcing New Watch Parties

Join us for a series of Facebook watch parties to get your taiko fix this Japanese Festival season! Check out our latest newsletter for our watch party schedule and to learn about Toro Nagashi, the late summer tradition marking the end of Obon.

Announcing New Watch Parties

Join us for a series of Facebook watch parties to get your taiko fix this Japanese Festival season! Check out our latest newsletter for our watch party schedule and to learn about Toro Nagashi, the late summer tradition marking the end of Obon.

Our first phase of re-opening

We're thrilled to share that we are beginning to open our studio to practices! Check out our latest newsletter for updates.

Our first phase of re-opening

We're thrilled to share that we are beginning to open our studio to practices! Check out our latest newsletter for updates.

Our studio remains closed, but we are not idle

What songs do you want to hear when we return to the studio? Check out our latest newsletter for some of our performance members' top picks!

Our studio remains closed, but we are not idle

What songs do you want to hear when we return to the studio? Check out our latest newsletter for some of our performance members' top picks!

Mission

St. Louis Osuwa Taiko is a community-driven ensemble that celebrates the Japanese art of taiko through education and performance.

About Us

Grandmaster Daihachi Oguchi formed the original Osuwa Daiko in Suwa, Japan, in 1951. In 1986, Oguchi-sensei visited St. Louis (sister city of Suwa) to found St. Louis Osuwa Taiko. A year later, he donated drums. St. Louis Osuwa Taiko started out as a kids' group but has evolved to a nonprofit organization devoted to sharing taiko throughout Missouri and elsewhere through year-round performances, workshops and classes for children, adults, and seniors.

We also continue to build on our ties to Osuwa Daiko. We visited Suwa, Japan, in 2009 to play and study taiko and hosted Osuwa Daiko for a joint show in 2011 in St. Louis to celebrate the 25th anniversary of St. Louis Osuwa Taiko. We believe in preserving and fostering our sister-city relationship with Osuwa Daiko and Suwa, Japan, and acting as cultural ambassadors by introducing new audiences to taiko.

Our largest show each year is at the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Labor Day weekend. Thousands attend the festival, which has fun activities for all ages, including the Dashi procession, where children pull our Dashi, or portable drum stage on wheels, through the garden.

Classes

We offer regular classes year round for our Community Group. They typically consist of 10 week sessions and run quarterly. If we do not have a class session open, you can sign up for our mailing list to be notified when classes open.

Due to COVID-19, we are not holding classes at this time.

Calendar

We have no upcoming performances. Would you like to request a performance?

Media

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Contact Us

We're very friendly and would love to talk to you.

Request a Performance or Workshop

If you are interested in scheduling a performance or a taiko workshop, please fill out our online request form.

Interested in Joining?

If anyone is interested in joining the group, please visit our class registration to get the details on our next beginner class time and location. If there is no class coming up, sign up for our mailing list and you'll be the first to know when new classes begin. If you already have taiko experience and feel you don't need a beginner class, please contact Andrew at andrew@stltaiko.com.

We typicaly practice three times a week and hold classes every weekend at our very own facility near Page and Lindbergh.

General Information

For information other than what's mentioned above, please send an e-mail to info@stltaiko.com