Taiko Trivia: 20 Questions for 2020

January 4th is the annual National Trivia Day, and we decided to launch a 20-question challenge on Instagram to celebrate. Looking at several facets of our North American taiko history including the North American Taiko Conference, the growth and contributions of our North American and international community, and of course, the growth of the Taiko Community Alliance, we asked ourselves: What do people know? Or better yet, what don’t people know? To that end, we came up with 20 questions that we thought toed that line.

So, how did we do? We have the answers and results to our Taiko Trivia Challenge below, but if you would like to challenge yourself before looking over the answers, you can do just that by heading over to our Instagram channel and viewing the Taiko Trivia highlight reel in our profile.

Now, if you’re ready, scroll down to reveal the answers!

 

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In the spring of 1995, Stanford Taiko founded the first Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational, joining groups from UCLA and UC Irvine and working with professional taiko players, such as Jeanne MercerKenny Endo, and Russel Baba. Stanford Taiko member and former TCA Board member  Susan Kanagawa (Yuen) organized the logistics for the Stanford-based event.

Of the 61 individuals who answered this question, the majority did not know the correct answer.

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Under the guidance of the JACCC and conference coordinator Kevin Higa, who had previously participated in the 1995 Intercollegiate Taiko Invitational as a guest performer with Kenny Endo, the first NATC was held in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, CA.

Of the 59 individuals who answered this question, the majority did know the correct answer.

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Hanayui is a song and dance group made up of Kodo members Chieko Kojima and Yoko Fujimoto joined by Okinawan dance expert Mitsue Kinjo. The Japanese word “hana” means “flower” and symbolizes the youthful energy that Hanayui puts into their performances. The word “yui” means “to tie,” and recalls the relationships formed in ancient villages in Japan when families came together to share in both hardships and harvests. Learn more about this group at:
https://www.kodo.or.jp/en/about_solo_en/hanayui

Of the 51 individuals who answered this question, Hanayui received the most votes, but the majority did not know the correct answer (so close!).

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Zendeko was formed in 1986 as part of the Sunday school program at Zenshuji Soto Mission. Learn more about this group, their early ties to Ondekoza, and their adventurous history at zenshuji.org/zendeko

Bonus: Charlie’s Angels is currently available on Netflix, if you’d like to catch their scene in full!

Wow – what an even spread! Of the 47 individuals who responded to this question, Zendeko received the most votes, but the majority did not know the correct answer.

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Hinode Taiko successfully hosted three national Taiko Festivals in the 1990s, bringing all the taiko groups in Canada together to share in performances and workshops.
Learn more at: http://hinodetaiko.ca/

Of the 39 individuals who responded to this question, Hinode Taiko received the most votes, but the majority did not know the answer (another close one, though!).

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Kodama Taiko at the University of Connecticut is the host of ECTC 2020: Taking Root, an event celebrating and exploring the traditions and history of taiko as well as the ways the art form has blossomed as its seeds are planted in new communities. 

Of the 44 individuals to responded to this question, the majority did know the correct answer! Is that because you’re planning on attending? We hope so! If not, you can learn more about attending and supporting this student-run conference by visiting ectc2020.com.

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San Francisco (San Francisco Taiko Dojo), San Jose (San Jose Taiko), and Los Angeles (Kinnara Taiko) are home to the last three remaining Japantowns in the USA, also known as “J-Town” or “Little Tokyo”. Research as to weather or not A is also a valid answer to this question is ongoing.

Of the 52 individuals who responded to this question, an overwhelming majority knew the correct answer. This question was the most accurately answered question in our 2020 series!

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Celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2019, “KT’s history story begins in the late 1970s, and has a lot to do with the development of the Powell Street Festival, a community festival that brings Japanese and Japanese-Canadian cultural traditions back to the old nihonmachi or ‘Japan-Town’ on the Downtown East Side…” Read the rest of Katari Taiko’s story at http://kataritaiko.bc.ca/history/.

Of the 43 individuals who responded to this question, the majority did not know the correct answer.

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Founded in 1990 as the nation’s first collegiate taiko drumming team, “Kyodo” has two meanings: (1) is “family”, and (2) is “loud children”. Learn more about Kyodo Taiko by visiting https://www.kyodotaiko.org/.

Of the 47 individuals who responded to this question, the majority did know the correct answer. Seeing as this is Kyodo Taiko’s 30th anniversary, let’s see if we can get that rate up even higher!

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Wink Wink. Nudge Nudge. If you’re a UC Santa Cruz student and you want to talk about taiko, 
please reach out!

Of the 48 individuals who responded to this question, the majority did not know the answer. In fact, the majority of votes went to UC Merced, which does, in fact, have a taiko group! A part of the Nikkei Student Union, UC Merced is home to Yamabuki Taiko

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Of the 46 individuals who responded to this question, the majority did not know the answer. With another Taiko Census coming up in 2020, now is the perfect time to review the results of our 2016 census. How much has our community changed since then? Visit livestream.com/taikocommunity to view our 2016 results in our State of the Art webinar.

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During TCA’s Costuming 101 Series featuring Yuu Ishizuka and Ai Matsuda, we learn about “sode-datami”, or the method of quickly folding hanten after a performance with the intention of hanging them to dry once you are home. The more intricate folding comes later! 

Of the 47 individuals who responded to this question, response A did receive the most votes, but the majority did not know the correct answer. You can learn all the vocabulary and techniques introduced to us by Yuu Ishizuka by watching the full series, available on the Taiko Community Alliance YouTube channel.

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Originally published in 2005 and with a Foreward by Grandmaster Seiichi Tanaka,  this book contains an introduction to taiko history as well as resources for students. The 2nd edition is available in select bookstores today. 

Of the 47 individuals who responded to this question, Heidi Varian did received the most votes, but the majority did not know the correct answers. Several books about taiko history, pedagogy, and artistry have been introduced since 2005. They make for fantastic records of the growth and breadth of our community!

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Of the 37 individuals who responded to this question, Sojin Kim did receive the most votes, but the majority did not know the correct answer. 

Big Drum” was the first major museum exhibition about the phenomenal growth of taiko performance in the United States and North America. Sojin Kim spent a year with a film crew visiting as many taiko groups as she could and much of this footage can be seen on the “Big Drum” DVD. Learn more at http://www.janm.org/exhibits/bigdrum/.

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On August 23-25, 2013, approximately 60 members of the taiko community participated in discussions that aimed to shape the governance structure, guiding principles, and initial activities of the TCA. Discussion notes, photos, and videos from this meeting are available at http://taikocommunityalliance.org/launch-meeting/.

Of the 41 individuals who responded to this question, 2013 did receive the most votes, but the majority did not know the correct answer. 

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There’s nothing we can say here that Tyrone can’t say better! Check out what these Board Members past and present have to say, and take some time to hear about the journeys of so many more in our community on Talkin’ Taiko with Tyrone (now also on Spotify).

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During his time as the taiko drummer for the jazz-fusion band Hiroshima, their song “Winds of Change” received a Grammy Award nomination for Best R&B Instrumental during the 24th Annual Grammy Awards in 1981.

A series of the interviews conducted by Art Hansen and Sojin Kim with Johnny Mori about his journey as a musician can be found online, hosted by DiscoverNikkei: 

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Stuart Paton, Founder and Artistic Director of Burlington Taiko, spent most of his childhood in Japan, from age nine months through eighteen years. In addition to his life of taiko, he is also an active student, teacher, and performer of Cuban and Haitian congas and djembe. And there is someone else out there who looks just like him! (Or, he looks just like them?)

Of the 34 individuals who responded to this question, the majority did know the correct answer. 

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Of course they’re not just circles! The four circles in the center of the image represent four taiko, which is a community of taiko. They are encircled by a larger taiko, which holds that community together. 

Of the 35 individuals who responded to this question, the overwhelming majority knew the correct answer. If you didn’t get it directly from the source, you can learn more about our brand new look and the artist who envisioned it by visiting taikocommunityalliance.org/a-brand-new-look.

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We weren’t kidding when we said we were researching those food trucks to find the best California has to offer. To learn more about the historic meeting behind this moment, you can find the full interview (and more!) on the Taiko Community Alliance YouTube channel.