Sunday, November 8, 2015

Pictures from NYC Marathon 2015 - Nov 1, 2015


Our very own Peter Feldman passing by! 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Taiko Observations from Japan - by Kyoko Toyama

Below, our Director Koyko-san shares her thoughts, observations and pictures from her recent trip to Japan:

On August 8th, I went to Taiko Center in Kyoto and I personally thanked them for the four chu-daiko and two shime which we purchased a few years ago.

I saw two performances by Kenji Furutate: one at Shinden Jinja in Setagaya Ward of Tokyo and the other at a beer garden of Isetan department store in Shinjuku.   Teppei, Yuko and my friend from high school who plays taiko went to see him. And Ryota Kataoka, our friend joined us all the from Shizuoka. Later in the month I got together with Ryota and his wife Yuko who was in town for her recording.   Teppei participated in three workshops: one at Asano taiko by a KODO member, one by Kan Hayashi and the other by Kenji Furutate.

Then, Sado Island.

Mayur, my friend from high school and I arrived in Sado Island by bus and ferry from Tokyo on August 21st.  Mayur and I were able to stay only two days but we had so much fun, enjoying a beautiful nature of Sado and people.  We spent a day watching various performers at a school gym and in between we took a tour of Ogi Peninsula where the major programs were held for Earth Celebration and got on a wooden boat.  We truly appreciated a beauty of the island and people.

We attended the concerts in the evening.  The first evening was by KODO alone and we were able to see the traditional part of KODO performance on the contrary to recent new program which we saw in Brooklyn in March.   I personally like more traditional side of KODO.   Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate.  We watched them perform in the rain but it was a spectacular performance.   This is something we can only experience outdoor.  I wonder if they do the same thing in Tanglewood because the set up is very similar to that.  The second day was also cloudy but it held up.   The second day's concert was produced by Lenard Eto, a former KODO player and his composition, "Zoku" is a well known piece and played by many groups.   The concert with his solo, performing group from Bali and KODO was electric and we all had a blast.

The place was more than watching the concerts and exploring the town of Ogi.  We ran into people we know from US and elsewhere.  We saw Sarah Gilbert, a former member of Taiko Tides of Stony Brook and a trainee of Soh Daiko who was just finishing up her JET Program fellowship with her parents, Ken and Kim. We also saw Kazuhiro Tsumura, the oldest of Tsumura family of Miyake.  I was also able to see one of the KODO members, Yosuke Kusa in the gym when he was part of the performance.  It was a surprise meeting for me.  I also ran into a couple of former students from Cornell's Yamatai who spotted me in the gym.   The biggest surprise was to see Koji Miyagi kun who is a current trainee of KODO. I first met him when he as a high school student in New Jersey where I went to help his high school taiko group several years ago.  He then went to International Christian University in Tokyo where he continued taiko with the college taiko team.  Now he is a trainee of KODO. I am so proud of him and excited.  I hope he will make it to the final stage.

I had such a wonderful trip to Japan this past summer and I appreciate my network of taiko family in Japan as well as in US.  I can't thank enough to all these taiko players and teachers for their continuous inspiration to us all.

 Kyoko Toyama
Japan, August 2015

Saturday, October 31, 2015

2015 TCS NYC Marathon Opening Ceremonies

After weeks of rehearsals, our youths Diego, Mayur, William, Teppei and Courtney unleashed their Taiko spirit when they represented Japan at the NYC Marathon Opening Ceremonies last night.   We are so proud of you for having worked so hard the last few weeks!  
See them in action (about 19:30 min into the video) as they march through Central Park - Click Here

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Performance at the Bon Odori Festival in Westport, CT - August 15th, 2015

On August 15th, a bunch of us traveled to Westport, CT for a performance at the Bon Odori Festival organized by the Japan Society of Fairfield County.  We were featured in several on-line news and also made headlines in the local newspaper.  Check out the links below:

Friday, August 7, 2015

Pictures from our recent Taiko Maintenance Workshops

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Practice with John and Yue from Soh Daiko - July 26th


Barnard Banquet Performance - July 24th

Saturday, July 25, 2015

NYTAK practice session getting ready for a performance

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Photos from Oguchi-Sensei's Memorial Gathering - June 27, 2015

Here are some photos from the NYSTA Gathering for the Oguchi Daihachi-sensei's Memorial held at Hiro-sensei's studio on June 27th. 

Performance at St. James Episcopal Church - June 14th, 2015

Here are some photos from our recent performance at St. James Episcopal Church for their Special Anniversary Celebration of Philippine's Independence on June 14th, 2015. 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

NYTAK Year End Concert - May 17, 2015

Calling all Friends and Family members of NYTAK

Come to Teachers College, Columbia University this Sunday for an afternoon of celebration, taiko and fun!  This concert is a Special Tribute to the Class of 2015, and a chance to share Taiko with you.  Currently open only to friends and family members, please send us an email at nytaiko (at) if you are coming. 

Date: May 17 (Sunday)
Time: 2 - 4PM (Reception 3:30 - 4PM)
Location:  Teachers College, Columbia University
                 Horace Mann Hall Room 435
*Please present your photo ID at the security desk.

There will be a workshop session at the end where everyone can try out at our drums.   Thanks as always for your support!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Boys at New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx - April 26, 2015