Photo: Takashi Okamoto

A Humble Request for Support

Message from Kodo Ensemble Leader Yuichiro Funabashi

April 13, 2020

I am deeply grateful for everyone’s support in recent times.
I am sure you’re feeling anxious about the spread of COVID-19 and the range of issues caused by this pandemic. The events that have unfolded since January have had a great impact on our organization, too.
After ten of our recent Europe tour performances were canceled, we then had to make the very difficult decision to cancel the upcoming NOVA performances, which we had spent three years preparing to share with the world.
We are still facing further severe changes to our upcoming plans.
To continue our activities well into the future, it’s now time for the Kodo Group to come together, closer than ever, to overcome this crisis situation by any means necessary.

That is why, on behalf of Kodo, I am asking you all for your support and assistance.

Call for Emergency Support

We believe the world needs taiko. Our unwavering desire to continue our activities is based on that belief. In difficult times like these, perhaps the connection taiko offers is more important than ever before.
We humbly request donations to provide essential support for the entire Kodo Group during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. With your help, we will continue our performance activities, workshops, school and interactive performances, social contribution initiatives (such as Exadon), creative works, member training, and more. In this unprecedented time, we are going to need more sustained support than ever before.
If you are able to offer us emergency support, we will gratefully accept whatever you can spare.
Ways you can support Kodo are listed below.


Donation Tax Benefit (Deduction) for Donors in Japan

If you live in Japan, you can receive a tax deduction for up to 40% of your donation.

Individuals can receive a tax refund when they include the donation in their income tax return.
(Total donation amount – 2,000 yen) x 40% = Individual donation tax credit amount
Please see here for further details. (Available in Japanese only)

3 Ways to Support Kodo

① Make a donation② Buy Kodo merchandise and instruments

③ Offer in-kind support


① Make a donation

If you are able to make a donation to support Kodo, we will gratefully accept any amount you can spare.
This will help us to continue our broad-ranging activities.

With permission, we will list the names of donors of 500 yen or more on our website, on a page dedicated to thanking our Emergency Relief Supporters.

Here’s how to make a donation:
1. Fill out the Kodo Donation Details Request form.
2. Receive an auto-reply with our bank transfer details and links for PayPal to make one-off, monthly, or annual contributions by PayPal or credit card.
3. Make donation.

Kodo Donation Details Request Form

② Buy Kodo merchandise and instruments

Purchasing merchandise and instruments directly from Kodo provides us with a great deal of support.
Our English store has a limited lineup, but you are welcome to order anything* you see on our Japanese store site by emailing us in English.

Kodo Online Store in English

Kodo Online Store (Japanese)

*Certain items, such as bamboo flutes, cannot be shipped overseas.
*Due to flight reductions and border restrictions, we can only ship within Japan and to certain countries overseas until further notice.
*Shipping delays of two weeks or more for international orders are expected at this time.

③ Offer in-kind support

♦ Goods and Services

Since holding a six-month world tour in 1984, Kodo has been continually touring under the banner “One Earth Tour.” This theme embodies Kodo’s desire to transcend language and cultural boundaries and remind people of the common bond we all share as human beings.
Current circumstances are making it exceptionally difficult for us to continue our mission.

Right now, we are focusing on creating, sharing, and streaming online content. However, we do not have sufficient equipment for this purpose, so Kodo members and staff have had to get creative to make do with what we have on hand.

If you or your company is able to support Kodo by providing us with video and audio recording equipment, we would love to hear from you.

We also welcome offers of all kinds of other goods and services to help Kodo through this challenging time.
To offer in-kind support, please contact Kodo Cultural Foundation.

With their permission, we will list the names of donors of 500 yen or more on our website, on a page dedicated to thanking our Emergency Relief Supporters.


♦ Kishapon Used Book/CD/DVD Donations (Japan only)

If you live in Japan and you have books, CDs, and DVDs you no longer need, please consider donating them to Kishapon*. Your donation will be used to buy wood for Kodo apprentices to use to make their drumsticks for training.

*Details in Japanese only.
Please Note: In-kind donations are not eligible for tax incentives in Japan.



Kodo Cultural Foundation
Email: zaidan★ (Replace ★ with @)
Please include your name and contact telephone number (with country & area codes) with your inquiry, as sometimes a reply by email is not possible due to system errors. Thank you.

Address: Kodo Village, 148-1 Ogi Kanetashinden, Sado, Niigata 952-0611, Japan