Photo: Takashi Okamoto

Thank You for Supporting Kodo

Message from Kodo Ensemble Leader Yuichiro Funabashi

June 1, 2020

Recently I made a public appeal on behalf of Kodo for emergency support. Many people from many places sent us support and words of encouragement. I sincerely appreciate your generosity and thank you all very much for your help. These difficult times are yet to let up and it’s hard to see an end to this situation. Please rest assured our group is going to do all we can to continue bringing the sound of taiko and our music to all of you.

I would like to take this opportunity to offer my gratitude and respect to everyone working on the frontlines in the healthcare and nursing sectors, along with all the people who provide essential services that maintain distribution and infrastructure that support our communities.

The global pandemic has forced the Kodo Group to largely scale back our activities. We kept working to prepare for future projects within the necessary restrictions, and now that the State of Emergency has been lifted in Japan, we have slowly started to resume our rehearsals.

I know that this chaotic situation around the world has been extremely difficult for so many people. While Kodo can’t do much right now, we promise to keep cheering you on through our videos, music, radio programmes, and written messages as we pray for your safety and wellbeing.

As we prepare for the time when we can safely resume our core activities, we are taking this opportunity to carefully reflect on everything we have done to date. We look forward to bringing the sound of taiko to you all again soon.

Thank you all for supporting Kodo. I kindly ask for your continued support and encouragement.


Yuichiro Funabashi
Kodo Ensemble Leader

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