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Japan Week: TAIKO Workshop
In this ZOOM workshop, participants will learn the basics of Taiko Drumming.
The first 20 Bellevue College students who register will receive a set of taiko bachi (taiko drum sticks) to be used during the workshop.
Participants are requested to create “practice” taiko drums by (for example) placing cushions on a sofa or desk at their home.
Participants will have a fun experience learning simple rhythms and the unique movements of Japanese Taiko drumming. At the end of the 50-minute program, the participants will play a short Taiko song together as group work.

Oct 6, 2021 02:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

The 5th Japan Week’s kanji was selected to be…Shinjiru...to ‘trust; believe.’ We believe we can soon overcome this pandemic together. Let’s also believe in our future and in ourselves.
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Ringtaro Tateishi
Ringtaro Tateishi, a professional Japanese Taiko drummer, is co-founder of The School of TAIKO which provides arts, music and cultural programs and is based in Seattle since 2009. He has unique talents and experiences - including successful world tours with Ondekoza, the world-famous Japanese Taiko troupe, and a US tour completed by the members running between every performance city, completely circling the US. After leaving Ondekoza, he moved to the US to perform in residence at Walt Disney World's EPCOT. After seven years of performances at EPCOT, he moved to Seattle to establish The School of TAIKO. Ringtaro is also one of the workshop leaders of the biennial North American Taiko Conference and provides support for Taiko groups and individuals. Enjoy this Taiko Workshop for a unique experience and entrance into Japanese culture!