Here’s to a brand new year, one that is full of hope, health, and recovery. With the new year comes Mochitsuki, which will be online with a full month of programming. Portland Taiko is excited to present its video on January 16th, but we’re also thrilled to share the virtual stage with Oregon Koto-Kai, Robert Kikuchi-Yngojo, Paul Matsushima, Utsukikai, and Elena Moon Park. 

Tune in on Saturdays at 12:00 pm (noon) for all the performances, and in the meantime, please enjoy this throwback video of Portland Taiko at Mochitsuki in 1998!


Play a little taiko in the comfort of your own home! We’ll be hosting a 90-minute taiko workshop (Taiko 101) on Wednesday, January 13, sliding scale.

The next week, our taiko classes begin! “Movement and Matsuri” is designed for beginners and focuses on two examples of festival drumming, Midare Matsuri and Shishimai. Our advanced class, “Beyond Basics,” will work on the flowing choreography of Midare Matsuri, the power and grace of Hachijo, and the interlocking rhythms of Shishimai. Click here for more information!

Wynn Kiyama