2017–2018 Apprenticeship Programme

Apprentices live communally at the Kodo Apprentice Centre (a former school building) and learn taiko, dance, song, bamboo flute, and other traditional arts in the rich natural and cultural surroundings of Sado Island.

From 2014, the “Kodo Apprentice Centre” course will focus on developing Kodo performers.

The Kodo Apprentice Centre seeks apprentices from near and far to study in the rich natural and cultural surroundings of Sado Island, where they learn "new traditions" through hands-on experiences to pass on to the next generation. The two-year programme teaches a general curriculum in the first year about the basics of traditional Japanese culture, and in the second year the course is a specialized curriculum that develops practical skills by taking part in Kodo's various activities.

On completion of the programme, apprentices hoping to become Kodo members may be selected to become probationary members. Probationary members spend a further year training on the job and can become full-fledged Kodo members if they pass the final stage of selection.

Time Period

Apprenticeship Details

1st Year: 10-Month Programme

Immersed in a communal lifestyle, you will learn from nature while developing the basic physique and character required of a Kodo member through studies of taiko, dance, singing, etc.

Curriculum includes:
Performing arts (taiko, dance, singing, flute, etc), farming (rice, fruit & vegetable cultivation), cooking, running, tea ceremony, Noh, lectures (Sado's nature, culture, history, etc), observation of Sado's local festivals, crafts (pottery, etc), on-site training (staffing taiko workshops, Kodo performances on Sado Island, etc), rehearsals with Kodo performers... and more.

2nd Year: 12-Month Programme

In addition to the continuation of first-year studies, you will be challenged to develop the practical skills required of a Kodo performer.

The second year programme includes appearing on stage in the "Kodo Sado Island Performances in Shukunegi" and giving "School Workshop Performances" on Sado Island.


Apprenticeship Fees (For Apprentices Commencing in April 2017)

PaymentsItemized Costs
Entrance FeeFacilities & Materials FeeLiving ExpensesEducation Expenses
1st Year (10 months): Annual Amount1,050,000100,000150,000300,000500,000
Payment Due at Registration (late January)
[6 months (Apr. - Sep.)]
Payment Due at Mid-Year Review (late September)
[4 months (Oct. - Jan.)]
2nd Year (12 months): Annual Amount 1,110,000---150,000360,000600,000
Payment Due on Advancement to 2nd Year (late January)
[8 months (Feb. - Sep.)]
Payment Due at Mid-Year Review (late September)
[4 months (Oct. - Jan.)]