Kodo Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble
Member Training Course
2023 (42nd Intake) Application Procedure

Applications for the 2023 intake have closed.

Practical Interview Overview

[Session 1] Oct. 29 (Sat) PM–Oct. 30 (Sun) AM, 2022

[Session 2] Jan. 8 (Sun) PM–Jan. 9 (Mon/Public Hol) AM, 2023

Interview takes place over the course of two days, including an overnight stay.
※ Applicants will attend one session only. There will be more apprenticeship spots available at Session 1 than Session 2, so we recommend applying for Session 1 if possible.

Kodo Apprentice Centre (Kakinoura, Sado Is., Niigata)

Day 1: Practical skills (taiko, dance, singing)
Day 2: Self-promotion time, interview

※Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the details above may be subject to change.

Apprentice Programme Dates

Apr. 2023–Jan. 2025 (22-month course)

Training & Lodging Facility

Kodo Apprentice Centre (Kakinoura, Sado Is., Niigata)

Apprenticeship Requirements

    You can apply if you:
  • wish to become a member of Kodo Taiko Performing Arts Ensemble, and
  • are a healthy person aged 18–25 (as of Apr. 1, 2023), who is physically & mentally fit enough to undertake both the apprenticeship training and communal lifestyle, and
  • have advanced Japanese language skills, which are required to participate in training and lectures.

Please note that any individual who meets the above criteria is welcome to apply, regardless of their gender, experience, education, or nationality.

Process from Application to Becoming an Apprentice

  • Apply for an interview via online form (Japanese).
    Session 1 Application Deadline: Sep. 9 (Fri), 2022
    Session 2 Application Deadline: Nov. 25 (Fri), 2022

Kodo Apprentice Application Form (Japanese)

  • Receive a reply email (available from late July 2022 onwards) with the link to an online submission form for the following application documents and photos: 
    ◊ Two essays in Japanese (approx. 400 characters in length)
    1) What you hope to learn at Kodo Apprentice Centre
    2) What you will aim for on the Kodo stage
    ◊ A statement of health from a physician
    ◊ Two photos (face, full-length)
    Session 1 Submission Deadline: Sep. 23 (Fri), 2022
    Session 2 Submission Deadline: Dec. 9 (Fri), 2022
    *If you choose to submit your application by postal mail, please allow plenty of time in case of delays. 
  • Wait for results of interviewee selection based on your application. If selected, you will receive information about the practical interview and any sheet music required for interview tasks, etc.
    Session 1 Selection Results: Applicants will be contacted in Early-October
    Session 2 Selection Results: Applicants will be contacted in Mid-December
    *Successful applicants will be asked to pay a practical interview fee of 15,000 yen in advance.
    *If circumstances do not allow us to hold in-person practical interviews, please note that you may be asked to send in a video of your practical skills audition instead. 
  • Attend a practical interview. *Held over a two-day/one-night period
    Session 1 Practical Interview: Oct. 29 (Sat) PM–Oct. 30 (Sun) AM, 2022
    Session 2 Practical Interview: Jan. 8 (Sun) PM–Jan. 9 (Mon/Public Hol) AM, 2023
  • Wait for results of the interview, which will be sent out 2–3 weeks afterwards.
    Session 1 Results Sent: End of November 2022
    Session 2 Results Sent: End of January 2023
  • If you pass the interview stage, you will be asked to submit further documents and to pay apprenticeship fees (for first six months of the first year: 730,000 yen)
    Session 1 Onboarding: Mid-December 2022
    Session 2 Onboarding: Mid-February 2023
    [Apprenticeship Fee Breakdown] Admission fee 100,000 yen, Facilities/Materials 150,000 yen, Board 180,000 yen, Instruction Fee 300,000 yen
    *Board includes meals and lodging.
    *After payments are received, refunds will not be given for any reason.
  • Enter Kodo Apprentice Centre (Early April 2023)


If you have any questions about Kodo Apprentice Centre, please inquire via the form below.
If you would like to discuss the programme, we can arrange that with you using Zoom.

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Contact Details:
Kodo Cultural Foundation

Kodo Village, 148-1 Ogi Kanetashinden, Sado, Niigata 952-0611, Japan
Tel. 0259-81-4100 (Add +81 from outside Japan, 9:30–17:00 [JST/GMT +9], closed Saturdays and Sundays.)
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