Going to Japan!!

We’ve performed together with our sister taiko group - Kamotsunamura Taiko. Kamotsunamura Taiko flew from Sendai, Japan to collaborate with us several times. Our collaborations includes our anniversary concert and also a concert in 2016 with part of the proceeds being donated to benefit the ongoing Tohoku Disaster Relief efforts.

Kamotsunamura Taiko invited Eden Aoba Taiko to perform with them in a taiko concert to be held in Japan on October 22, 2017. A group of twelve Eden Aoba members are excited to perform in Sendai. We are learning some new songs to perform and also as important, building harmony and unity as we work together for this performance.

What is Taiko

Taiko (太鼓?) means "drum" in Japanese. Outside Japan, the word is often used to refer to any of the various Japanese drums (和太鼓, "wa-daiko", "Japanese drum", in Japanese) and to the relatively recent art-form of ensemble taiko drumming.

A Short History

Eden Aoba Taiko was formed in 1997 to promote the Japanese musical art of Taiko drumming under the direction of Masa Fukuizumi. The group started with 6 people and increased to 50 by the end of the year. Members' ages range from 6 years old to more than 80. We believe that Taiko is for everyone, no matter what your age.

Our Taiko philosophy is to have fun drumming and enhance self-expression, self-esteem, and self-confidence. It is also our goal to enrich disciplines such as respect, harmony, unity and modesty through drumming with others.

Learning taiko takes time. There are no short cuts or simple ways. It is very similar to life: ups and downs, bends and straights. It requires patience. Taiko is mental training with physical strength. So long as you practice you will get better...and then comes fun.