“2014 World Taiko Gathering” by Yui Kawamoto
July 18 – 20 Chieko Kojima & Eiichi Saito at
“2014 World Taiko Gathering” (Los Angeles, USA)
This past weekend, we participated in the World Taiko Gathering held in Little Tokyo of Los Angeles.
Left: At the Welcome Reception on the first day. Over 300 particpants enjoy a meal and jam session together.
Right: Presentation about Kodo & Sado Island.
Taiko players from all over the world came together on this wonderful event, and the diversity of bachi bag holders walking around town was a heart-warming sight!
Outdoor events were held day to night; wonderful workshops, informative discussion sessions, and exciting performances created a festive atmosphere.
Left: Eiichi Saito leads a beginner’s taiko workshop
Right: Chieko Kojima leads a dance workshop
Chieko Kojima and Eiichi Saito held two workshops each.
They also participated in the Taiko Nation concert 2014, collaborating with former Kodo member, Kaoru Watanabe, and the host of WTG, TAIKOPROJECT.
Other international guest artists such as TaikOz from Australia, and Kagemusha Taiko from England shared the stage as well.
With the cast of the 2014 Taiko Nation concert
Taiko has expanded outside of Japan in the last few decades, and the don doko don doko rhythm is played in almost every corner of the planet.
We met and reconnected with so many great friends this weekend, and we look forward to seeing you all again in our future tours abroad!