5/18: Taiko Taikai (tournaments) at Terasaki Budokan in Little Tokyo

Taiko Taikai 2024 is hosted by J-Town Taiko Club and presented by Bachido in partnership with Terasaki Budokan on Saturday, May 18.

Taikai (tournaments) are events where practitioners of a specific artform come together to demonstrate their skills in front of experienced judges.

Such taikai events in Japan are hosted for taiko, shamisen, folk singing, and many other art forms. The judges examine the practitioners skills and will rate their performance with a point system. While this seems like it would be a pretty typical “competition” experience, (where it’s just an event based on “winning and losing”) it’s actually quite the opposite.

Day 1: Saturday, May 18, 2024

Location: Terasaki Budokan (Outdoor Plaza), 249 S. Los Angeles St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Odaiko Tournament:
Doors Open at 9 AM
Competition from 10 AM – 3 PM
Results announced at 5 PM

Evening Concert – 6 PM

Detailed Schedule:

9 AM: WELCOME + SIGN IN
10 AM: TAIKAI START
10:30 AM: BREAK (20 MIN)
12 PM: LUNCH
1:30 PM: TAIKAI RESUMES

2 PM: BREAK (20 MIN)
3 PM: JUDGING
5 PM: ANNOUNCE RESULTS

6 PM: CONCERT

Tickets Information:

In-Person Tournament Only: $15
In-Person Concert Only: $40
In-Person Combination (Tournament and Concert): $50
Livestream Ticket: $5

In-Person Tickets can be ordered online. Livestream tickets can be purchase via livestream portal.

Day 2: Sunday, May 19, 2024

Press Conference with the 2024 Taiko Taikai Winners

Location: Terasaki Budokan (Community Room), 249 S. Los Angeles St. Los Angeles, CA 90012

Time: 12:30 PM

Come meet the winners and judges of the Taikai! Listen to them share their tournament experiences through conversation and Q&A.
Free event.