Kodo Special Concert 2018 “Michi” Japan Tour

Performance Details Schedules All Performances

Photo: Takashi Okamoto

Soul-Stirring, Resounding Kodo–

Kodo Special Concert “Michi” is based on the core repertoire that our ensemble has upheld for almost half a century, since the days of our antecedent group, Sado no Kuni Ondekoza (1971­-79).

To create this performance, we look to the signature form found in classic Kodo performances. We extract the quintessential Kodo traits from our group’s rich archives and embody them anew, so we can pass Kodo’s unique DNA on to the next generation. The title “Michi” means a road or path. As we revisit Kodo’s fundamentals for this ongoing performance series, we prepare to spring forth from that solid platform into bold new creative activities.

If you beat a drum, it makes a sound. So, it’s fair to say that we play simple instruments. Yet the sound and echoes created by taiko are colorful and complex. No two sounds emitted from the drums are exactly alike. As you may expect, the person who beats the drum, their physique, age, background, and personality also affect the sound they create with the drums. So, what happens when you combine an instrument like that with an array of drummers who spend their days training together, moving in sync, investigating sound, and crafting sound for expression? The outcome is rich sound that glides over any language barrier to stir humans on an instinctive level. That is why I think there is great potential for our taiko performances to have a positive influence on our ever-diversifying societies.

While we create this programme on Sado Island in the Sea of Japan, we are surrounded by lush nature and rich culture and history. When we tour with “Michi,” we will share the sound of taiko with people all along our path throughout Japan and around the world, hoping to expand the circle of empathy and resonance created by taiko to connect as many people as possible.

Yuichiro Funabashi


Yuichiro Funabashi (Kodo Ensemble Leader)

Cast (June)

Motofumi Yamaguchi, Eiichi Saito, Tomohiro Mitome, Kenta Nakagome, Maya Minowa, Shogo Komatsuzaki, Koki Miura, Ryotaro Leo Ikenaga, Hayato Otsuka, Mizuki Yoneyama, Issei Kohira, Yuta Kimura, Taiyo Onoda

Cast (July–Aug.)

Motofumi Yamaguchi, Eiichi Saito, Tomohiro Mitome, Kenta Nakagome, Maya Minowa, Shogo Komatsuzaki, Masayasu Maeda, Kodai Yoshida, Seita Saegusa, Yuki Hirata, Chihiro Watanabe, Taiyo Onoda, Shun Takuma
*Motofumi Yamaguchi will be replaced by Yuta Sumiyoshi for the Tochigi and Yamagata performances.

Programme (TBC)

To include Miyake, Monochrome, O-daiko, Yatai-bayashi, and more.

Performance Locations (TBC): Hokkaido, Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Tokyo, Aichi, Kyoto

*Details will be updated as they become available.

Photos: Takashi Okamoto