July 9 (Thu)–12 (Sun), 2020 Live-in Workshop “Kodo Juku 2020” (Sado Island, Niigata) ※CANCELED

[Cancellation Announcement] To avoid risking the further spread of COVID-19, we have decided to cancel the upcoming Kodo Juku live-in workshop. We sincerely apologize to everyone who was looking forward to taking part this year. If you already applied, we will be in touch with you soon.


Ready for a once-in-a-lifetime experience on Sado Island?

The theme of Kodo Juku is passion. Most of the current Kodo members spent their first two years on Sado Island training at Kodo Apprentice Centre in Kakinoura. It’s a commitment that takes a lot of drive and dedication.

This live-in workshop is a four-day escape from your everyday life where you’ll experience the daily life of a Kodo apprentice and play taiko to your heart’s content with facilitator Eiichi Saito. No taiko experience is required.

You’ll also get to know the Kodo’s next-generation hopefuls: the second-year apprentices, who will act as staff at the event. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience limited to first-time participants only, so new encounters and friends await one and all. We hope you’ll come along for this summer retreat!

*Note: Workshop will be conducted in Japanese.

Jul 9 (Thu), 2020 - Jul 12 (Sun), 2020 Kodo Apprentice Centre, Kakinoura, Sado Island, Niigata ※CANCELED


Eiichi Saito (Kodo)

Participation Fee:

55,000 yen (incl. tax)
*50,000 yen for Kodo no Kai Members

(Four-day/three-night camp. Fee includes workshop instruction, drumsticks, accommodations, meals, & insurance)

Participant Requirements:

Ages 15 & up.
*Groups of 2 or more people can not take part.
*Please note that people who reside in Japan are given priority in selection.


20 people


Meet at Ryotsu Port (Sado Island) at 15:10 on July 9 (Thu)


Drop off at Ryotsu Port at 15:30 on July 12 (Sun)

Application Deadline:

Applications must be received by:
First deadline: June 1 (Mon)
Second deadline: June 15 (Mon)

Application Method:

Please apply via postcard, fax, or email with the title/subject “Kodo Juku 2020” and include the application form filled out in Japanese OR the following details in your message: your name, address, age, gender, email address, phone number, occupation, musical experience, and most importantly your reason for wanting to take part in Kodo Juku. If there are more applicants than spaces available, participants will be chosen by lottery. We will notify applicants of the results on June 10 (Wed).
Application Form (Japanese)

Venue Address:

Kodo Apprentice Centre, Kakionura 885, Sado-shi, Niigata-ken, Japan


Ms. Akazawa, Sado Island Taiko Centre
Tel. 0259-86-2320 Fax. 0259-86-2385
Email: info@sadotaiken.jp


Workshop will be conducted in Japanese.