What we do

World Taiko Conference

  • Organization : World Taiko Conference Committee
  • Section : International project
  • Type of Grant Program : Single
  • Art Forms : Japanese Traditional Art


This online event will promote the learning and exchange of taiko-related knowledge and skills and provide opportunities for international understanding and goodwill.

-Virtual concert based on the commissioning of music and a call for the supply of pieces to taiko players around the world (Implemented online)
-Online activities in which participants can exchange opinions and interaction through taiko
– “Premium talks” held online
-A hands-on experience of taiko drums, geared towards the general public (public event)
(Co-organized with Asakusa Taiko Festival)
-Video streaming of performance demonstrating electronic taiko drums (implemented online)

Principal artists
Eitetsu Hayashi
Akitoshi Asano, The Asano Foundation for Taiko Culture Research
Daigoro Aska, ASKA Japanese Drum
Leonard Eto
Shogo Yoshii
Franco Imperial, U.S.A / San Jose Taiko
Wisa Uemura, U.S.A / San Jose Taiko
Ian Cleworth, Australia / Taikoz
and more


World Taiko Conference Committee
The committee was organized for the purpose of implementing the first Japan-hosted World Taiko Conference on the occasion of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. The committee, as well as comprising a wide range of people involved in taiko whose experiences of working together had thus far been limited, also includes experts and academics with a track record in running international cultural events and conferences.
With this event, people involved in taiko who until now have been working individually will come together under one roof and interact with each other beyond the barriers that exist between the groups, providing opportunities to promote the formation of an international network in the world of taiko and the cultivation of new talent to take taiko into the future. In addition, the event will provide a forum for people to get to know and appreciate taiko culture regardless of nationality, age, gender, or disability, and leverage taiko’s universal and socially inclusive characteristics to advocate the potential of a multicultural society.