Photos: From “Kodo One Earth Tour 2020: Legacy” in Europe (Feb.–Mar. 2020)
A Humble Request for Ongoing Support
In 2020, we put out a call for emergency support when COVID-19 forced us to suspend our touring indefinitely. I am truly grateful to everyone who generously answered that call for help.
We usually start each year with a tour overseas, but due to the ongoing pandemic situation, we aren’t able to travel or tour as planned. Ever since our tour in Europe was suspended last year, Kodo has been experiencing very difficult times indeed.
This year marks Kodo’s 40th anniversary and we have a range of commemorative performances planned here in Japan. Considering the current situation with COVID-19, we expect to go ahead with safety measures and audience size restrictions in place, just like last year.
Holding events under these circumstances is challenging, but we will do our very best to safely hold concerts for you all to enjoy. We hope the sound of our taiko lifts people’s spirits and gives them a boost to help them through these tough times.
Under the theme ‘One Earth,’ Kodo brings the sound of the taiko to all corners of the globe
so our music and message can resonate with myriad cultures and ways of life.
We remain united as a group, dedicated to our mission to connect people worldwide.
We closed our Emergency Relief campaign at the end of 2020, but we still need support to continue our activities.
We will gratefully accept any support that you can offer us. Thank you for cheering us on.
Kodo Ensemble Leader
5 Ways to Help Kodo
① Offer One Earth Tour Support
If you are able to make a donation to help us continue our mission, we will gratefully accept any amount you can spare.
This will help us to continue our ongoing One Earth Tour, so we can keep connecting people all over the world with the sound of taiko.
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. This is our 2020 page. We will add a link for the 2021 page when it’s ready.
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.
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)
② Sponsor Kodo 40th Anniversary Concerts by ordering a festive lantern
We are planning to celebrate our milestone year with Kodo 40th Anniversary Concerts at Tokyo’s Bunkamura Orchard Hall in November 2021. We will decorate the stage with festive lanterns featuring the names of our sponsors. Would you like to offer your support? After the concerts, we will send the lanterns to each sponsor as a memento of our celebrations.
Orders Open: Feb. 15 (Mon)–Mar. 31 (Wed)
③ 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.
*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.
④ Buy Kodo’s digital music
You can support Kodo by streaming our digital albums.
Kodo “Alatane” Vol.1 & Vol.2
Available on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music.
We would love for you to read and share Yuta Sumiyoshi’s blog post: “Making Taiko Music Become More Everyday Music.”
⑤ Show your support on social media
You can cheer us on by following, liking, and sharing our posts on social media and YouTube. We really appreciate your comments and feedback, too!