Hayato Otsuka began playing taiko during his first year at senior high school. He entered the Kodo Apprentice Centre in 2013 and became a Kodo member in 2016. On stage, Otsuka is mainly featured on taiko drums. In 2015, he toured in Japan with the "Eternity" & "Chaos" productions and appeared in the "DADAN" Asakusa Performances. In 2016, Otsuka toured in Brazil with "DADAN" and in Japan with "Kodo One Earth Tour: Spiral." Physical taiko pieces are his forte, which is demonstrated in "Spiral" where he appears as a soloist on the big drum in O-daiko and in new powerhouse pieces Rasen and Ayaori. Always sincere in his approach to taiko, Otsuka embodies both tenderness and stoicism.