I first experienced taiko at a performance by Las Vegas Kaminari Taiko in 2007. Five years later, I enrolled in classes with Portland Taiko and joined the community group in 2013. I like the sound of the taiko. When I hit the taiko and focus on the movements and rhythms, I am able to disconnect from all the day’s stresses. I enjoy performing at community events, collaborating with other instrumentalists, building drums, learning about taiko and Japanese American history, and continuing the journey of learning taiko. I live in Portland with my husband and 4-year-old corgi.