It wouldn't be the end of summer without taiko so we're bringing it to you - virtually!

Oni dance recorded at Vago Park

Join us at an upcoming watch party!

It's festival season! ... well, sort of. Since most in-person events have been cancelled this year, we're taking a different approach to the festival season. We've launched a series of watch parties, where we'll be reliving some of our favorite Japanese Festival performances of years past. Our current members will also be online to share their favorite moments and to answer audience questions.

In addition to rebroadcasting performances from previous festivals, we are currently recording new footage to share at our final watch party Sunday, September 6. Our small practice groups have been rehearsing a selection of songs, re-imagined for a more socially distant Covid-19 world. It's been an exciting challenge to re-arrange these songs for smaller groups while maintaining a strong visual impact, and we can't wait to share the results with you.

A rearrangement of a popular performance piece, recorded at Missouri Botanical GardenThe above song is traditionally played with two drummers playing opposite sides of the odaiko. The "Masters of Ma" have re-arranged it for smaller drums that can be spaced farther apart. Can you guess what song it is? 

Festival Season Watch Party #2
Monday, August 31, 2020 - 7:00 PM

Festival Season Watch Party #3
Saturday, September 5, 2020 - 5:00 PM

Festival Sason Watch Party #4
Sunday, September 6, 2020 - 2:00 PM

The events are free and open to the public. Donations are also welcome, and we appreciate any support during this time. Tune in to Facebook to watch one - or all - of our watch parties to get your taiko fix, share your favorite taiko moments and learn more about the art!

Seasonal Celebrations: Toro Nagashi

The annual late-summer festival known as Obon is a centuries-old Japanese custom honoring the spirits of one’s ancestors. It is said that during Obon, our ancestor's spirits return to this world to visit the living. At the end of Obon, our ancestors return to the spirit world, guided by toro nagashi - paper lanterns that are set afloat as a way of accompanying the spirits as they depart for another year.

While Obon has been celebrated for more than 500 years, toro nagashi first took place in 1946, originating as a memorial service for victims of sea or river tragedies.

Toro nagashi is one of the most popular events at Missouri Botanical Garden's annual Japanese Festival; while the festival has been cancelled this year, the Garden will offer candlelight walks and toro nagashi, September 5 and September 6 at 7::30 PM. Visit Missouri Botanical Garden for more information and to order tickets.

Image above from Missouri Botanical Garden, photographed by Lisa DeLorenzo.

Request a Performance

Request a taiko performance for your upcoming event! With crowd size restrictions in effect, virtual events are becoming the norm and we're excited to announce that we can now offer performances in this new format. Whether it's happy hour, a school event, or anything in between, a livestream or pre-recorded taiko performance adds a fun and unique spin to digital events. Contact us with your event details and to get more information.
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