Taikothon 2014

Watch the 2nd annual Taikothon here: Taikothon 2014.

It’s hard to believe that over a year has passed since the first-ever Taikothon in 2013! Thanks to your support, we were able to raise $50,000 to support TCA and the North American Taiko Conference.

For this year’s Taikothon, TCA wants to hear all your awesome Taiko Stories! Everyone has a reason for playing taiko, and everyone has some amazing stories to share!! Submissions of video shorts or plain text were collected using TWITTER,

Taikothon was held and recorded LIVE on Saturday December 13, 2014. Click the link above to see the videos and hear the stories that came back when TCA asked:

#WhyIplaytaiko: Why do you choose to play taiko? Is it the energy? The challenge of music and movement? Is it the potlucks and food?

#TaikoFail: We’ve all been there… totally dropped the ji at the wrong time? Started playing the wrong pattern in the middle of your annual concert? Completely mis counted your solo and ended early? Embrace your funniest taiko fails and share with us!

#BestNATCMoment: As we launch NATC registration, we want to know what your favorite NATC memories are! Did you finally get to meet Seiichi Tanaka? Did you learn an awesome song or drill that changed the way you think about taiko? Did you meet awesome people and make lifelong friends?

To share your stories via Twitter, tag us at @taikocommunity and use your appropriate hashtag line somewhere in your post. To share your stories via Facebook, private message us, or post it on our wall!

Taikothon 2014 helped you help us continue on our way to NATC 2015 in Las Vegas!! On #GivingTuesday, you made it a #Taikotuesday with your donation of CONTENT: a performance, facility tour, or a short story about your taiko life.

A full-day of taiko related content from artists, ensembles, and companies around the world designed to excite, inspire, and inform viewers of the diversity within the taiko community.

Saturday, December 13th 2014 10:30am-5:00pm Pacific Time

Right here!! Presented and recorded on Livestream.com.

2 reasons:
1. To kick-off NATC 2015!!!   Preference to Charter members and new members who would like to join as part of NATC 2015 registration was available starting on December 13, 2014.
2. Annual Membership Drive. If you didn’t get a chance to join TCA during our last membership drive, this was a chance to join over 500 of your peers and colleagues who are already members!


  • NATC Registration Walkthrough
  • LIVE PERFORMANCE: Las Vegas Kaminari Taiko (Las Vegas, NV)
  • Kyo Daiko with Kaoru Watanabe (Philadelphia, PA)
  • COOKING SEGMENT: Chocolate Brownie Cookie Sandwiches with Peanut Butter Whipped Cream (courtesy of Meg Suzuki, San Jose Taiko)
  • San Jose Taiko Dojo Tour (San Jose, CA)
  • Joe Small (Fu-Un No Kai, Prota, Solo: UCLA)
  • INTERVIEW SEGMENT: Jen Caballero and Shoji Kameda talk about kaDon
  • COOKING SEGMENT Check in: Cookie batter!
  • Emeryville Taiko (Emeryville, CA)
  • Taiko Effect (Los Angeles, CA)
  • LIVE PERFORMANCE: Korabo Taiko (Las Vegas, NV)
  • INTERVIEW SEGMENT: Taiko Family Profile: Julia Asano and Yuta Kato
  • Bakuhatsu Taiko Dan (UC Davis: Davis, CA)
  • St. Louis Osuwa (St. Louis, MO)
  • Naruwan Taiko (San Diego, CA)
  • LA Miyake Kai (Los Angeles, CA)
  • COOKING SEGMENT: Peanut Butter Filling and Cookie baking!
  • Zenshin Daiko (Maui, HI)
  • Jun Daiko (Mountain View, CA)
  • Stanford Taiko (Stanford, CA)
  • LIVE INTERVIEW: Tony Jones from Zenshin Daiko talking about drum building

Submission Length:
– 15 minutes. Multiple segments considered upon direct request.
– If collaborating with another group for 15 minutes, list both groups on the submission form.

– Can vary from mini concerts, tours of your facility, to an online lesson or workshop.
– Feel free to insert promotions about your own upcoming performances, classes, or website.
– Your performance can be relaxed. It’s okay to film at a rehearsal where everyone isn’t in costume.
– Please have someone introduce your group, and your piece(s)
– At the end of your video, take some time to promote TCA and encourage people to join or donate by visiting taikocommunityalliance.org
– Have fun with it! This is your opportunity to show the taiko world your taiko reality. For 15 minutes.

Important Dates and Deadlines:
– Submission deadline: MIDNIGHT on Wednesday, December 10, 2014.
– Taiko-thon date: Saturday, December 13, 2014.