Active in his local taiko group during his teens, Kengo Watanabe first saw Kodo perform when he was sixteen years old. He entered the Kodo Apprentice Centre in 2012, and became a Kodo member in 2015. On stage, he is featured mainly on taiko drums. While a junior member, Watanabe was featured in the powerhouse piece Tomoe during the 2014 Spain & France performances of "DADAN." The following year he was selected for the coveted center position in the iconic piece Miyake at the "Earth Celebration 2015" Shiroyama Concerts. Watanabe is a young performer who shows prowess at playing large taiko drums with fine form and a sturdy core.