The Kodo Group manages the activities of the following organizations:

Kodo, Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble

Exploring the limitless possibilities of the traditional Japanese drum, the taiko, Kodo is forging new directions for a vibrant living art-form. The ensemble was founded on the concept of “living, learning, and creating.” Kodo is dedicated to learning performing arts from all over Japan and around the world, as well as creating and sharing its own unique, innovative forms of artistic expression.

Ensemble Leader
Yuichiro Funabashi (since Jan. 2016)

Kodo’s activities are managed by the following three separate entities.

Kitamaesen Co., Ltd.

Kitamaesen, Kodo’s mother company, serves as a base from which Kodo interacts with the rest of the world, sharing the culture unique to Sado Island. The name of this company comes from the “Kitamaebune” or northern-bound ships which once flourished in the Japan sea, carrying people, goods and culture from port to port in Edo-period Japan.

Company Overview

Corporate Name
Kitamaesen Co., Ltd.
Managing Director
Takao AOKI
Founded
February 18, 1981
Capital
30,000,000 yen

Kitamaesen Co., Ltd. manages and produces all Kodo performances and creative activities.

For all inquiries regarding Kodo’s activities:

Kitamaesen Co., Ltd.

Kodo Village, 148-1 Ogi Kanetashinden, Sado, Niigata 952-0611, Japan
Tel. +81-(0)259-86-3630
Fax. +81-(0)259-86-3631
Email: heartbeat@kodo.or.jp
Please include your name and contact telephone number (with country & area codes) with your inquiry, as sometimes a reply by email is not possible due to system errors. Thank you.

Kodo Cultural Foundation

Thanks to the support of many friends, the Kodo Cultural Foundation was established in 1997 in order to increase the range of activities Kodo could engage in on their home of Sado Island.

Company Overview

Corporate Name
Kodo Cultural Foundation
Chairperson
Makoto SHIMAZAKI
Established
March 4, 1997

Kodo Cultural Foundation

Kodo Village, 148-1 Ogi Kanetashinden, Sado, Niigata 952-0611, Japan
Tel. +81-(0)259-81-4100
Fax. +81-(0)259-86-3631
Email: zaidan@kodo.or.jp
Please include your name and contact telephone number (with country & area codes) with your inquiry, as sometimes a reply by email is not possible due to system errors. Thank you.

Otodaiku Co., Ltd.

Established in 1988, Oto-Daiku (Sound Carpenter) deals mainly with the development, sales, and copyright maintenance of Kodo music.

Company Overview

Corporate Name
Otodaiku Co., Ltd.
Managing Director
Takuro SUSAKI
Established
July 2, 1988
Capital
3,000,000 yen

Otodaiku Co., Ltd.

Kodo Village, 148-1 Ogi Kanetashinden, Sado, Niigata 952-0611, Japan
Tel. +81-(0)259-86-3590
Fax. +81-(0)259-86-3631
Web http://www.otodaiku.co.jp/
Email: info@otodaiku.co.jp
Please include your name and contact telephone number (with country & area codes) with your inquiry, as sometimes a reply by email is not possible due to system errors. Thank you.