Taiko Center of the Pacific Fellowship

The application deadline for the Taiko Center of the Pacific is Wednesday, May 2.

The Fellowship is a one-year scholarship to study traditional and contemporary taiko in Honolulu, Hawaii. ?The 2018-2019 Fellowship begins summer 2018 (start date flexible). ?Applications are due May 2 each year.

List of past & present fellows

Fellowship Includes:

  • $250 one-time cash stipend. Opportunity to participate in any regular TCP class. Placement in the TCP Performing Ensemble Trainee Program with the opportunity to become a performing member of the Honolulu ensemble.

Other Benefits:

  • Opportunities to study hogaku hayashi, matsuri bayashi, lion dance, and fue through discounted private lessons with Kenny Endo.
  • Possible part-time taiko teaching assistant position in the summer.
  • Possible part-time employment as an administrative and/or teaching staff member.
  • A large and close-knit taiko community.
  • Opportunities to travel and perform on neighbor islands.
  • Access to quality higher education opportunities at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Kapiolani Community College, Chaminade University, and Hawaii Pacific University.
  • Great weather! Great food! Great beaches!


  • Fellowship recipients must be between 18-35 years old.
  • Minimum of 3 years taiko experience, or an equivalent?combination of experience in taiko and other performing?arts.
  • Applicants must submit, by mail or online: an application form, 10-15?minute audition videotape (DVD or YouTube), and an application essay. Finalists may be interviewed via telephone by members of TCP Performing Ensemble.
  • One-year commitment required with possibility for renewal. Approximately 10-15 hours/week in practice, teaching and administrative assistance.

Who should apply?

  • Members of youth taiko groups who are interested in pursuing their undergraduate degrees in Hawaii.
  • Members of collegiate taiko groups who are interested in pursuing graduate degrees in Hawaii.
  • Any other member of the taiko community interested in pursuing this unique opportunity.


For more information, visit the TCP Fellowship website at?https://taikoarts.com/fellowship/.

Taiko Center of the Pacific 2018 STI Information Now Available!

The Taiko Center of the Pacific’s?16th Annual Summer Taiko Intensives will take place?July 30 – August 3 in?Honolulu, Hawaii
Five days of taiko and Tsugaru shamisen with a stellar group of instructors from Japan and Hawaii.
Instructors include:
Hiromitsu Agatsuma – Tsugaru shamisen
Chieko Kojima – Hana Hachijo
Yosuke Oda – Odaiko, Katsugi taiko, chudaiko
Kenny Endo – taiko set (3 drums)
Sho’on Shibata – double beta uchi
–10% Discount available until May 2 for persons registering for 3 or more classes
For more information:

East Coast Taiko Conference 2017

Last weekend, I was at the 2017 East Coast Taiko Conference at Brown University. As has been the case at every ECTC since 2012, I was running around all weekend taking photos! After editing what ended up being 3,527 photos between myself and one other photographer, I have uploaded selections from the weekend to the TaikoSource Facebook page. Visit the following links to check them out!

Day 1 – Friday, February 17

Day 2 – Saturday, February 18 – part 1

Day 2 – Saturday, February 18 – part 2: Concert

Day 3 – Sunday, February 19

2016 Taiko Census

The Taiko Community Alliance is holding the 2016 Taiko Census in an attempt to learn more about the taiko community. The information gained during the census will be used to learn more about the state of the art form – who is playing taiko, where they are playing, etc. – as well as identify community needs.

Please visit the Census website to learn more about the Census and to participate!

Spotlight: Mykky & Taiko-kun

In this week’s Taiko News post, we spotlight the work of Kamille Mykky Franchomme. You’ll find her at conferences like the North American Taiko Conference and the World Taiko Gathering selling her Taiko-kun and Taiko-chan plush dolls and other creations.

I picked up my own Taiko-kun at WTG this past summer:

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Visit her Etsy page to purchase not only Taiko-kun and Taiko-chan, but also many other taiko goods!

YouTube Spotlight: TaikoWorld (Walter Tsushima)

For today’s Taiko News post, I wished to highlight the YouTube account of Walter Tsushima, posting under the banner of his website TaikoWorld.

On his Youtube channel, Walter?posts many videos offering interesting glimpses into the life of a taiko player and instructor in Japan – for example, today he posted a video about taiko-related snacks!

Follow this link to check out Walter’s YouTube channel, then head over to TaikoWorld to check out a number of articles Walter has written about learning and playing taiko.

Concert Alert – Eitetsu Hayashi in San Francisco Nov. 1 & 2

Eitetsu Hayashi Concert: Art of Wadaiko – The Heartbeat of Japan
With professional ensemble Fu-Un no Kai and Special Guests:
Dee Spencer (Piano), and SF School of the Arts musicians!
Location: McKenna Theater, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Street, San Francisco CA 94132
Saturday November 1, 8:00pm
Sunday November 2, 3:00pm
Tickets: $27 – $45, Reserved Seating (Full Time Students & Seniors, $5 Discount!)
Box Office: www.sfiaf.org or call 415-338-2467.
For special discount on groups of 10 or more, please contact 415-399-9554
Official information: http://www.sfiaf.org/eitetsu_hayashi

This is a rare opportunity, as Hayashi doesn’t come to the United States that often. If you’re in California in November, it’d be worth a trip up to San Francisco!

TCA Drum-Building Workshop

The Taiko Community Alliance is hosting an online Drum-Building Workshop on Saturday, June 21 at 1 PM Eastern/10 AM Pacific. Lead by Stuart Paton of Burlington Taiko, the workshop detail how to build your own practice taiko.

And if you’re interested in making your own drum just like the one Stuart will be building, you can purchase a practice drum kit from the TCA to be sent to your house!

For more information, including details about the kit and purchase costs, visit the workshop announcement.

Also, as an aside, this workshop will be a nice lead-in to the next major TaikoSource initiative about the building and purchasing of drums. Stay tuned for more information!