Tomohiro Mitome began playing taiko with a local group in his hometown when he was five. He entered the Kodo Apprentice Centre in 1989 and became a Kodo member in 1990. Making his debut as an O-daiko (big drum) soloist on Kodo's 1997 "One Earth Tour," Mitome has long been regarded as the group's spiritual pillar on stage. From 2012, Mitome dedicated himself to the inaugural role of Kodo Ensemble Leader for four years. Known for his precise technique and attention to every single beat of the drum, he continues to broaden his activities through solo and small-group performances, as well as workshop instruction — all while remaining devoted to training Kodo's next generation of performers at the Kodo Apprentice Centre.