In 1972, Yoshikazu Fujimoto joined Sado no Kuni Ondekoza, and when the group became Kodo in 1981, he was one of the founding members. Since then, he has been the group's featured O-daiko player and center-man for the Yatai-bayashi climax. Yoshikazu is presently Kodo's most senior performing member. In recent years, he has played a large role in educating Kodo apprentices, and has begun conducting more and more workshops for the general public. No one in Kodo lives up to the name "Children of the Drum" quite like Yoshikazu - his pure love for taiko is unparalled. In 1998, Fujimoto was recognized with the award of inka-no-sho (proof of Dharma transmission) for his proficiency in the demon sword dance, Onikenbai, upheld by Iwasaki Onikenbai in Kitakami, Iwate. Since 2007, he has been the dedicated head of Sado Island's demon sword dance group, "Iwasaki-den Sado Onikenbai." He became a Kodo Distinguished Member in 2012, and that same year was appointed by Japan's Agency for Cultural Affairs to be a Cultural Envoy, teaching wadaiko in China.