2014 / Inaugural “World Taiko Gathering” to host 400 taiko players, July 17-20 in Little Tokyo

500 people gathered at the World Taiko Gathering.


110 taiko groups have registered and over 400 participants will be convening in Los Angeles for the first global taiko gathering.

World Taiko Gathering2014 World Taiko Gathering


When: July 17 – 20, 2014

Where: Japanese American National Museum, Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, and Higashi Honganji Temple in Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles, CA

What: Workshops, concerts, and much more!

Who: Taiko drummers from all over the world are invited!

How: Funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Los Angeles, Dept. of Cultural Affairs, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, Robert Hori, Asano Taiko U.S., Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten, and Japan Foundation Los Angeles.

Supported in part by Kodo Arts Sphere America, Sign-a-Rama Santa Monica, and Yojie Japanese Fondue.

Why: To bring the worldwide taiko community together


Welcome Reception

Thursday, July 17, from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Centenary United Methodist Church in Little Tokyo


Free Lunar Jam Taiko Concert

Friday, July 18 at 7:00 pm

The open-air Courtyard of the Japanese American National Museum

Emceeded by PJ and Roy Hirabayashi

Featured performers include:

Naruwan Taiko (San Diego, CA)

Denver Taiko (Denver, CO)

Kona Daifukuji Taiko (Kona, HI)

Patrick Graham (Montreal, Canada)

The Genki Spark (Boston, MA)

Prota (Los Angeles, CA)

Sacramento Taiko Dan (Sacrament, CA)

Makoto Taiko (Pasadena, CA)


Taiko Marketplace to host taiko and related items venders:

Asano Taiko Co. (drums, stands, etc.)

Hinoki Dream (hinoki-scented items)

Kaoru Watanabe Taiko Center (fues, CDs)

Kato Taiko (barrel drums, stands)

Kodo Arts Sphere America (info, CDs)

Claude Kouchi (barrel drums, bachi)

Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten (drums, etc)

Miyoshi Daiko (drums, stands, etc)

Lucus Muraguchi (bachi bags)

San Francisco Taiko Dojo (bachi, CDs, etc)

Studio Endo (drums, stands, bachi)

Taiko Center of Kyoto (drums, costumes)

Taiko Community Alliance (info)

Taiko with Toni (bachi bags, taiko totes)

TaikoMom Bachi Bags (bachi bags)

11 Red Pigs (taiko dolls, shirts)


Taiko Drums at Little Tokyo Branch Library – TAIKOPROJECT
Come and enjoy Taiko Drums at the Little Tokyo Branch Library.


Friday, July 18 from 1:00 – 3:30 pm

Saturday, July 19 from 2:30-5:00 pm

Free program.  Parking also validated 90-min FREE if you park in Paragon Parking lot and come to the Reference Desk.  Bring the yellow parking receipt for validation.