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Taikothon 2020 video submissions are now being accepted!

Taikothon 2020 video submissions are now being accepted!

Submissions Due: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 by 11:59 PM HST.

What is the “taiko community”? It’s you! We want to know who is out there, we want to know what represents you, and we want to share who you are with our community at large. We know that 2020 has been a challenge – to say the least – which is why we feel it’s more important than ever now to channel our inner Johnny Mercer and accen-CHU-ate the positive.

Taikothon is made up of a variety of video submissions ranging from performances to instructional videos to comedy sketches and everything in between. We’ve outlined a few suggestions below, but you are welcome to get creative. Material can be new or “old” existing video that you already have in your possession and want to share out with the world through the Taikothon platform.

Not sure if your idea is the right fit for Taikothon? Any other questions? Reach out to us at taikothon@taikocommunityalliance.org!

What is the “taiko community”? It’s you! We want to know who is out there, we want to know what represents you, and we want to share who you are with our community at large. We know that 2020 has been a challenge – to say the least – which is why we feel it’s more important than ever now to channel our inner Johnny Mercer and accen-CHU-ate the positive.

Taikothon is made up of a variety of video submissions ranging from performances to instructional videos to comedy sketches and everything in between. We’ve outlined a few suggestions below, but you are welcome to get creative. Material can be new or “old” existing video that you already have in your possession and want to share out with the world through the Taikothon platform.

Not sure if your idea is the right fit for Taikothon? Any other questions? Reach out to us at taikothon@taikocommunityalliance.org!

What could I submit?

Standard Segments: Submit a short clip (no more than 5 minutes) to share your take on what it means to “Accen-CHU-ate the Positive!” Below are some ideas, but we are open to airing anything you would like to share with the taiko community. Don’t hold back!

  • Interesting collaborations
  • Technology incorporated with Taiko
  • Taiko in popular culture
  • Innovative costumes used
  • New ways to teach taiko
  • A different approach to practicing taiko



Specialty Segments:
We’ve had some requests to collect specialty segments from around the globe. Can you make our dreams come true and submit a video about one of these topics that speaks to you?

  • Cooking Segments: How do you feed your taiko troupe?
  • Taiko Mobiles: How do you fit all that equipment into one vehicle? If you’ve got a personal car that you bought just to accommodate your taiko life, or a van that fits way more than it should, we want to know how you do it.
  • Facing the Pandemic: We’ve seen amazing share-outs of the adaptations folx are making to their daily routines be it practicing solo or in groups, hosting virtual or socially distant modified events, and using the growing digital landscape to stay connected. How have you innovated and adjusted your routine in the face of COVID-19?



Performance Video: 
Submit a performance clip (no more than 10 minutes, please). In the spirit of our theme this year, we would love to see submission videos of performances that hold a particularly special meaning to you, whether that’s an anniversary, the fulfillment of a long-term project, or something that reflects how you have been inspired by taiko (and taiko people!).

What could I submit?

Standard Segments: Submit a short clip (no more than 5 minutes) to share your take on what it means to “Accen-CHU-ate the Positive!” Below are some ideas, but we are open to airing anything you would like to share with the taiko community. Don’t hold back!

  • Interesting collaborations
  • Technology incorporated with Taiko
  • Taiko in popular culture
  • Innovative costumes used
  • New ways to teach taiko
  • A different approach to practicing taiko



Specialty Segments:
We’ve had some requests to collect specialty segments from around the globe. Can you make our dreams come true and submit a video about one of these topics that speaks to you?

  • Cooking Segments: How do you feed your taiko troupe?
  • Taiko Mobiles: How do you fit all that equipment into one vehicle? If you’ve got a personal car that you bought just to accommodate your taiko life, or a van that fits way more than it should, we want to know how you do it.
  • Facing the Pandemic: We’ve seen amazing share-outs of the adaptations folx are making to their daily routines be it practicing solo or in groups, hosting virtual or socially distant modified events, and using the growing digital landscape to stay connected. How have you innovated and adjusted your routine in the face of COVID-19?



Performance Video: 
Submit a performance clip (no more than 10 minutes, please). In the spirit of our theme this year, we would love to see submission videos of performances that hold a particularly special meaning to you, whether that’s an anniversary, the fulfillment of a long-term project, or something that reflects how you have been inspired by taiko (and taiko people!).

ABOUT TAIKOTHON

What is Taikothon?

Taikothon is a live multi-hour on-line event to showcase taiko and the taiko community.

When is Taikothon?

Taikothon is typically hosted in autumn in alignment with TCA’s annual Membership Drive. Taikothon 2020 will be live on Sunday, October 25 starting at 9 AM PDT. A full schedule will be posted prior to the event once submissions have been collected.

Who Hosts Taikothon?

The taiko community! Specifically, lively TCA volunteers plan, organize, and take the stage to host the event on Livestream. This year, our Taikothon Team has gone multi-regional and is composed of TCA staff and volunteers signing in from 6 different regions across the US.

Who Participates in Taikothon?

Everyone who wants to! Taikothon is made possible by 21st century technology that allows taiko groups and taiko players anywhere to share videos and/or appear live through the magic of Livestream.

TCA Taikothons

Hosted previously in San Jose, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York, each Taikothon has had its own theme, team, content, and feel, providing insight into the breadth of our taiko community. Take a look!

What is Taikothon?

Taikothon is a live multi-hour on-line event to showcase taiko and the taiko community.

When is Taikothon?

Taikothon is typically hosted in autumn in alignment with TCA’s annual Membership Drive. Taikothon 2020 will be live on Sunday, October 25 starting at 9 AM PDT. A full schedule will be posted prior to the event once submissions have been collected.

Who Hosts Taikothon?

The taiko community! Specifically, lively TCA volunteers plan, organize, and take the stage to host the event on Livestream. This year, our Taikothon Team has gone multi-regional and is composed of TCA staff and volunteers signing in from 6 different regions across the US.

Who Participates in Taikothon?

Everyone who wants to! Taikothon is made possible by 21st century technology that allows taiko groups and taiko players anywhere to share videos and/or appear live through the magic of Livestream.

TCA Taikothons

Hosted previously in San Jose, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New York, each Taikothon has had its own theme, team, content, and feel, providing insight into the breadth of our taiko community. Take a look!

The Taikothon Story

Taikothon began in 2013 as a virtual fundraiser to raise $50K and launch the Taiko Community Alliance as a member-supported organization. Sue and Ray Yuen hosted the event in their San Jose living room. Elise Fujimoto emceed the event and kept it moving forward with her energy and wit. Volunteers from Jun Daiko, Mountain View Buddhist Temple Taiko, San Jose Taiko, and Stanford Taiko brought food and provided the people power needed to acknowledge pledges of donations and commitments for charter memberships. Hundreds of taiko players responded, and TCA was officially launched. The first Taikothon was an unqualified success and, since then, a cherished annual TCA event.

How to get involved:

Submit a video clip either on behalf of yourself or your group! This year’s submissions are being accepted from September 29 through October 13. If you think you will need a little extra time to submit, please reach out to our Taikothon Team at taikothon@taikocommunityalliance.org so we can work something out!

The Taikothon Story

Taikothon began in 2013 as a virtual fundraiser to raise $50K and launch the Taiko Community Alliance as a member-supported organization. Sue and Ray Yuen hosted the event in their San Jose living room. Elise Fujimoto emceed the event and kept it moving forward with her energy and wit. Volunteers from Jun Daiko, Mountain View Buddhist Temple Taiko, San Jose Taiko, and Stanford Taiko brought food and provided the people power needed to acknowledge pledges of donations and commitments for charter memberships. Hundreds of taiko players responded, and TCA was officially launched. The first Taikothon was an unqualified success and, since then, a cherished annual TCA event.

How to get involved:

Submit a video clip either on behalf of yourself or your group! This year’s submissions are being accepted from September 29 through October 13. If you think you will need a little extra time to submit, please reach out to our Taikothon Team at taikothon@taikocommunityalliance.org so we can work something out!