Photo: Takashi Okamoto

3 Ways to Help Kodo

① Make a donation

② Buy Kodo merchandise and instruments

③ Offer in-kind support


“Thank You for Supporting Kodo”

Message from Yuichiro Funabashi, Kodo Ensemble Leader

Sep. 1, 2020

In April, I made a public appeal on behalf of Kodo for ongoing emergency support. Many people from many places sent us support and words of encouragement. I offer my sincere thanks to each and every one of you.
In light of the current global situation, this year Earth Celebration, the annual festival we host in tandem with Sado Island, was held entirely online for the first time in its 33-year history. We asked for your support by way of crowdfunding and I would like to sincerely thank everyone who answered that call for help. Your kind encouragement is the reason that our group was able to band together to tackle the new challenge of creating a diverse lineup to broadcast online. We reaffirmed the power of Sado Island and how wonderful it is to spend time with you all. It was a truly fruitful experience. I am already looking forward to the next time we are able to welcome you all to Sado Island again.

Since March, when our European tour was interrupted by the pandemic, almost all of our performances were canceled or postponed. However, from September, our School Workshop Performance cast will start touring again. They will be taking extra care with a range of infection prevention measures in place. This year, many school events were also canceled, so we hope the sound of taiko will touch the students’ hearts as it resonates within their school during these live performances.

My own first tour with Kodo, twenty years ago, was a School Workshop Performance Tour that visited junior high schools here in Niigata Prefecture. Although junior high school students are full of emotions, they don’t always show their feelings on the outside. So on my first tour, I remember trying to gauge their reaction, which meant I didn’t have the headspace to enjoy our daily performances. But years later, sometimes adults who were junior high students back then come up to me at our concerts in Niigata and say that our school performance was an experience they will never forget. Those words make me feel the legacy of our school tours, and the joy I had trouble sensing in them back then feels doubled this time around.

The months we spent at home this year while our activities were on hold has been filled with new challenges, including holding Earth Celebration online. This period, along with what we have built up to date through our School Tours, are both valuable assets to Kodo. As these difficult times continue, each and every one of us will pool our energy to keep our activities alive. We will work hard every day, hoping that the reverberations of our taiko can offer some comfort and a much-needed energy boost to many people.

I kindly ask all of you for your continued support and assistance.

Yuichiro Funabashi
Kodo Ensemble Leader





Call for 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 donation

② 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