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Mana performs 'Tenchi' at the 2021 Japanese Festival

Congratulations, Mana - we will miss you!

Sadly, all good things come to an end. This month, we bid farewell to performing member Mana Hayashi Tang, who is retiring from the group.

During her six years as a performing member, Mana played an active role in taiko education and history - both within the group and to the community through our classes. She taught us the popular piece "Yatai Bayashi," a traditional piece inspired by an annual festival in Chichibu, Japan and popularized by renowned taiko groups Ondekoza and KODO. It's a challenging arrangement that has since become one of our most popular performance pieces at Japanese Festivals.

Mana performs "Yata Bayashi" at the 2021 Japanese Festival

This month, Mana defended her doctoral thesis and is retiring from the performance group as she continues her professional career. Congratulations, Dr. Hayashi Tang - we will miss your energy and optimism, and we wish you all the best!

Photos by Ashley Webelhuth

Learn to play taiko

We have a lot of fun playing taiko, and we love teaching others about this amazing art form. Our next Adult All-Levels session is about to begin, but there's still time to sign up!

The 10-week session is open to anyone age 16 and up who wants to play taiko. Beginners will learn the basics of sticking, kata (form), movement, and rhythms of taiko. More advanced players will learn to play additional drums and playing styles. By the end of the session, you will have the chance to show off your new skills to friends and family at our end-of-session recital!

Adult All-Levels Taiko
Date: Sundays, April 3 - June 12, 2022 
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Place: 10734 Trenton Ave St Louis, MO 63132 
Cost: $200

Visit our website for more information and to sign up.
 

Upcoming Performances

Missouri Botanical Garden Sake and Sakura
Friday, April 1, 2022 - 5:30-8:00 PM
Stroll through the early springtime blooms while sipping sake and enjoying live entertainment. We will be performing two short sets through the evening.
We are a non-profit group that performs the art of taiko around the St. Louis area and the world.
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