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“My Last Tour” by Shunichiro Kamiya

Jan. 24, 2017

My Last Tour

I am about to set off on my last tour with Kodo, the “DADAN” USA Tour.
I am really looking forward to exchange with people in the USA through taiko and our performances!

Photo: Shunichiro Kamiya
I want to soak up every experience while I am there. Time to go!


“Heading to the US! DADAN 2017” by Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga

Heading to the US! DADAN 2017


We’ve just left Kodo Village for our North American tour of DADAN!


Sending us off were the newest members to the Kodo family- the junior members, fresh out of the Apprentice Centre.

Personally, it’s been four years since I’ve been back home in the US.

We look forward to seeing you all!

“DADAN 2017” USA Tour –Kodo 35th Anniversary Production–

Performers: Masayuki SakamotoYosuke KusaYuta SumiyoshiJun JidaiShunichiro KamiyaRyoma TsurumiKengo WatanabeRyotaro Leo IkenagaHayato OtsukaReo Kitabayashi, Issei KohiraMasayasu MaedaKoji Miyagi, Kodai Yoshida

*Cast is subject to change without notice.

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

Note: This photo is a Kodo DADAN promotional image that features four members from the 2017 USA Tour cast: Kengo Watanabe, Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga, Hayato Otsuka, & Reo Kitabayashi


“On Our Travels” by Yuichiro Funabashi

On Our Travels

Photo: Atsushi Sugano

In Vietnam


Hello, everyone. I hope you are all well.

In the past couple of years, Kodo has had more chances than usual to visit countries outside of Europe and North America. This year we gave performances in Vietnam, Brazil, and Korea. Last year we performed in Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Eastern Russia.

Photo: Takuro Susaki

“DADAN” Outdoor Performance in Brazil

I visited three of these countries this year with Kodo:

  • Brazil, just before the Olympic Games,
  • Korea, which has a sense of distance from Japan these days that is not geographical,
  • and Vietnam, whose considerable economic growth is being likened to that of our nation during its post-WW2 rapid economic growth period.
Photo: Yui Kawamoto

At “Korea Japan Exchange Festival 2016 in Seoul,” Korea

These concerts came about through rather challenging processes, unlike our established tours in Europe or North America, but the experiences we gained by spending quality time in these places with local people were all invaluable and rich. Above all, I was able to feel the power of performing arts and music, which bring people together for exchange that leads to mutual understanding.


Photo: Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga

In Vietnam

While I am traveling, I have much more time to read books and articles than when I am at home on Sado Island. Some of my fellow Kodo members are also book lovers, so I often see people reading on the road as we travel from place to place. (Others listen to music, tap their drumsticks, watch performance videos, and so on.) Every day, I like to look through the newspaper, which is a habit I’ve somehow kept up since childhood.


Photo: Atsushi Sugano

On the road, one of the ways I enjoy my travels is by making a point of reading local newspapers and content related to the places we visit. This year I went to Brazil and Vietnam, so I read well-known travel journals by Kotaro Sawaki and Takeshi Kaiko. As I traveled from place to place, I wondered, “Is this the place he was talking about in his book?” If I have free time, going to a bookshop makes me feel refreshed. I am shocked to see that my bookshelves at home have suddenly become packed, but I think buying things that you like is a little investment in yourself. It enriches your soul. Well, that’s what I keep telling myself. When I buy and read books, I feel gratitude to everyone connected to their creation.

Photo: Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga

Less than two months remain in 2016 and we still have many places to visit on our travels.
As always, we will bring the “fruits” of our tours with us back to Sado Island, then set off again on further travels.

Yuichiro Funabashi, Kodo Ensemble Leader


“‘Spiral’ Tour Sets Off!” by Hayato Otsuka

Sep. 1, 2016

“Kodo One Earth Tour 2016: Spiral” Tour Sets Off!

This morning, it felt like autumn weather had arrived as we set off on our Japan tour with “Kodo One Earth Tour: Spiral,” given a farewell taiko serenade by some of the members remaining on Sado.

Photo: Erika UedaPhoto: Erika Ueda

Photo: Erika Ueda

Photo: Erika UedaPhoto: Erika Ueda

Photo: Erika Ueda

Photo: Erika Ueda

We look forward to seeing you all at theaters all over Japan soon!



About “Spiral”




Performances in Tama, Tokyo (Sep. 17 & 18)


“Off to Our Final Destination: St. Petersburg” by Mariko Omi

Off to Our Final Destination: St. Petersburg

image1Photo: Mariko Omi

We gave a performance in Moscow on Mar. 27 and now we are heading to St. Petersburg for the final performance of “Kodo One Earth Tour 2016: Mystery.” Today we are traveling by train, which is very rare mode of transport for Kodo during a tour abroad!


St. Petersburg is a four-hour trip from Moscow and we are all more excited about the train journey than our usual travel days.

All aboard for our tour final destination and the last “Mystery” performance!

Photo: Mariko Omi


20150127oetJan.–Mar. 2016 “Kodo One Earth Tour 2016: Mystery” Europe Tour

Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Russia


“‘Mystery’ Sets off for Europe!” by Yui Kawamoto

“Mystery” Sets off for Europe!


As a “once-in-a-decade” blizzard passes by here on Sado Island, the cast and staff for “Mystery” have set off on tour!

This two-month Europe tour will consist of 32 performances in 10 countries.

Please come and experience the world of “Mystery” with Kodo in the unique European atmosphere. You won’t want to miss this production!

Farewell, everyone! And good luck!

Bon voyage!

20150127oetJan.–Mar. 2016 “Kodo One Earth Tour 2016: Mystery” Europe Tour

Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, France, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Russia


“Huge Surprise Kodo Reunion at the Port!” by Narumi Matsuda


I found myself heading back to Sado Island on the same ferry as the “Kaguyahime” members on their way back from Canada, the “DADAN” members returning from Hong Kong, Chieko who was in Australia, and Eiichi who had been in Tokyo leading workshops!

Photo: Narumi Matsuda

I was on my way home from a business trip to Nagano when I ran into everyone at the port, so I had traveled the least distance of everyone. I hadn’t seen some of the members in two months, so we talked about our travels as we boarded the ferry. Now that all the fall tours have come to an end, we’ll all be back on Sado Island together for a while.

“Setting off on the ‘Eternity’ Fall Tour!” by Koki Miura

 Setting off on the Fall Tour of
“Kodo One Earth Tour 2015: Eternity”


The hot, hot summer has come to an end and the smell of autumn is in the air. Today the cast and crew for “Eternity” set off on our fall tour. Our first performance is in Yachiyo in Chiba and it just happens to be… MY HOME TOWN!

Kodo has been to Yachiyo before and I remember seeing a Kodo member, Yuichiro Funabashi, at a bookshop near the theater and asking him in a flurry if I could shake his hand. I was a high school student at the time and seems like a while ago now.


I saw Kodo perform on that stage in my hometown and now the day is approaching when I will perform on that stage as a Kodo member. I will do my best, Yachiyo!



Our farewell from Kodo Village this morning



“Eternity” Sep.–Oct. 2015 Japan Tour

[Sep.–Oct. 2015] Chiba, Ibaraki, Miyagi, Yamagata, Iwate, Akita, Shizuoka, Osaka, Aichi, Hyogo, Tottori, Yamaguchi, Fukuoka, Kumamoto, Kagoshima

Discography | Eternity

“One Earth Tour Travel Days” by Narumi Matsuda

Photo: Narumi MatsudaPhoto: Narumi Matsuda

On our “travel days,” we sometimes have to drive hundreds of kilometers from one theatre to the next. On these long drives, we take several breaks at road stops and expressway service areas. Some people buy coffee, others stretch… each person spends these pitstops as they wish.

Junior member Shunichiro is always holding drumsticks when he’s on the bus. On this travel day, he received advice from two of the seniors in the group, Takeshi and Masaru. I think our travel days provide a good chance for communication amongst our members.


“Ferry to Kyushu” by Kenta Nakagome

Photo: Kenta Nakagome

After our School Workshop Performances in Yawatahama, Ehime, we took a ferry to Kyushu for our performances in Kumamoto Prefecture.


Kodo Workshop Performances

Sep. – Oct. 2014 Schedule http://www.kodo.or.jp/oet/index_en.html#schedule09b 




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