TAIKOPROJECT was honored to be a part of the Los Angeles County Fair this year on September 17th. The Gold Mine Stage was our home, and from there we could smell the deep fried everything. It was amazing! Thank you to the crowds who came out to watch and document the show. We truly loved having you all!


As you can see, we got to try some of the yummy foods too. Yeee!


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If you were in the crowd that night, find yourself in the video below!




Hello Great Big World!

In honor of throw-back-thursday (and because I’m delinquent on blogging), here’s a quick bit of What-Happened-After-World-Taiko-Gathering. So after a hectic weekend of that small gathering of taiko peeps from all around the world, we got to enjoy some good food, good people, good dancing..and of course more taiko (performing, that is) at the annual Higashi obon! Just so you have it on record, it was July 26-27.

The weekend included the whole TP family :D Oh look, I found a picture via the TP facebook:

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There were some first and last performances this weekend. For the first time performances, the Monday beginners’ class and Saturday Newport Beach Higashi class joined forces to perform “Big Surprise” (sorry if I got the song name wrong :-/). As we welcomed newbies to the stage, we also bid farewell to two of our Kitsune performing members: Sean and Ashley. They have made their way through high school, SATs and senioritis to join the ranks of the collegiate worlds of UCLA and UCI, respectively. But lo and behold, both schools have taiko groups of their own!…so hopefully it will not be the last we see of them playing taiko.

It was a weekend of awesome, exciting..and sweaty performances (yes, it was quite warm); hopefully it was enough to burn off all the food that was consumed :P There was a bunch of obon dancing too. I’m sure that helped burn some calories as well.

If you missed this year’s obon, don’t worry, just come join us next year! Now to leave you with a random quote…because I can…

“If you never did you should. These things are fun. And fun is good.” – Dr. Seuss


Hey, Hi and Hello TP Fans!

Thanks for stopping by our blog and hearing about all of our adventures, but you guys probably don’t want to just read about our performances, you probably want to BE at our performances!  So here is the line up we have so far for the spook-tastic month of October. We hope to see you there!  If you have any further questions feel free to comment and we will get back to you ASAP!

October 10/11/12: UNIQLO opening at the Beverly Center.  We will be doing a bigger set at 9:30am on the 10th and then there will be smaller cast performances there after.  So come check us out, there will be performances on the hour from 1-5pm on the 11th and 12-4pm on the 12th.

October 18: “Rhythm and Form: TAIKOPROJECT in concert” at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, Ca.  We will be performing a hour long set at the museum.  The concert admission is free, but you just have to pay the entrance fee to the museum so why not make an entire day at the museum! For more information here is their website http://www.nortonsimon.org/rhythm-form/

October 30: TAIKOPROJECT will be continuing our program of “Big Rhythms Big Drums” through the Sergestrom Center of the Arts ArtsTeach Program as we make our way to Longley Way Elementary School for two educational performances.



Hello there TAIKOPROJECT followers!

On September 30, TAIKOPROJECT was invited to be a part of the ground breaking of the newest project for the LA Metro rail system. The project includes creating three new stations (1st Street/Central Ave, 2nd Street/Broadway, and 2nd Street/Hope Street) allowing for passengers to travel seamlessly from Long Beach to Azusa and East Los Angeles to Santa Monica. The event was very exciting and there is going to be lots of dust flying in Little Tokyo until it’s completion in 2020. With two quick sets to open and close the program, we had a lot of fun making lots of noise in the early morning. The highlight of the gig for me was we got the chance to meet Captain Sulu himself, George Takei. For more information about the extension of the Metro through Little Tokyo you can visit their website here. http://www.metro.net/projects/connector/


Jen, Bryan, David, Maz and Doug.


Everyone gathers around for the groundbreaking!


The master plans for the Metro extension!


TAIKOPROJECT meets George Takei! Oh My!


On September 9, 2014 (I’m sorry for the late post!), TAIKOPROJECT performed at the wonderfully energetic Roger Anton Elementary School.  It was the first school show of the new school year and it was the perfect start!IMG_5872

(Unloading the van)



(Setting up the stage)

In celebration of the first school show of the year, we decided to try out a new addition to our costumes: headbands!  It was so much fun to try out a new accessory.  It gave us a little extra “umph” to give our all to perform for our audience.  The students and the teachers had so much positive energy to give and only had kind words for our performances.  The TP crew such a blast sharing our love for taiko with all the students.  The school was so accommodating, providing us with water and a delicious home cooked lunch.  Excitingly enough, it was my first time trying horchata!  I was so excited to finally try it out and I was NOT disappointed.



As we were on our way out back to Los Angeles, the TP van unfortunately had difficulty starting up.  But not to worry!  Thank goodness for AAA~ they came to the rescue.  Thank you AAA!  And of course, thank you Roger Anton Elementary for having us!

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