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NATC 2019: Request for Proposals

Interested in hosting NATC 2019? Please review the Request For Proposal (RFP) below. Contact Stan Shikuma (stan@taikocommunityalliance.org) or Johnny Mori (johnny@taikocommunity.  REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: HOSTING THE 2019 NORTH AMERICAN TAIKO CONFERENCE The Taiko Community Alliance (TCA) The

Costuming 101: Momohiki

Join Yuu Ishizuka and Ai Matsuda as they present Costuming 101, an informative series from Japan produced for TCA. In this three-part sequence, Yuu-san explains the history of momohiki, also known as matahiki or nagapachi, traditional Japanese work trousers.

Costuming 101: Tabi

Join Yuu Ishizuka and Ai Matsuda as they present Costuming 101, an informative series from Japan produced for TCA. In Episode 2 of their Costuming 101 series, Yuu Ishizuka and Ai Matsuda talk tabi, traditional Japanese footwear, which come in many sizes, types, and colors. Watch as Yuu-san shares his insights about jika tabi, air tabi, and...

Costuming 101: Teko

Join Yuu Ishizuka and Ai Matsuda as they present Costuming 101, an informative series from Japan produced for TCA. In their first episode, they explore the intricacies and history of teko, Japanese wristbands often worn by taiko players.  

Inaugural Mini-Grants Awarded

The Taiko Community Alliance (TCA) is pleased to announce the three organizations that will each receive $500 mini grants for upcoming projects described below. This is the first year that TCA has awarded these grants. We received great response to our call for applications and we look forward to continuing this program in future years. UCLA...

The Obon Project

Obon, or “Bon Odori” are Japanese Buddhist festivals held each summer to honor the spirits of one’s ancestors. Most obon festivals in North America feature art showcases, food stands, taiko performances, and most importantly bon odori. TCA’s Obon Project collected videos to showcase different obon festivals throughout North America. Click on the link

Terry Nguyen named Coordinator for 2017 Conference

The TAIKO COMMUNITY ALLIANCE (TCA) is pleased to introduce our 2017 North American Taiko Conference Coordinator, Terry Nguyen! Terry comes to TCA with a rich background in arts administration and event planning, having previously served as Assistant Coordinator for NATC 2009, and Intern for NATC 2007.  Terry has also served as Social Media Coordinator for Kodo...

Taikothon 2016: Generation Taiko

Watch Taikothon 2016 again: Generation Taiko. Domo Arigato! and Otsukaresama to our amazing Taikothon team! From 2:00pm to 6:00pm PST on Sunday, October 16th, 2016, TCA volunteers gathered in San Diego for our fourth annual Taikothon.  They featured taiko segments, performances, and snapshots from the community. The NATC local host committee members were great hosts and...

State of the Art: Taiko Census 2016

The State of the Art webinar is concluded, and can be viewed here. DATE: SATURDAY 9.24.2016 TIME:  12:00pm Pacific Time Join our Taiko Census Analytics team for a review of the 2016 Taiko Census results!  How many taiko groups are there? How much money do taiko players spend on their hobby each year? How do...

NATC 2017 Coordinator Position

The application period is now closed. Job Title: Conference Coordinator 2017 North American Taiko Conference Employer: Taiko Community Alliance (TCA) The North American Taiko Conference (NATC) is a biennial gathering, formerly sponsored by the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) from 1997-2011, and since then sponsored by the Taiko Community Alliance