Circle of Friends, Lights of Hope

We are excited to have a returning guest group, Kamotsunamura Taiko from Japan, this year. They performed with us when our group had our first, 10 year anniversary, concert in 2007, so this is like a reunion. In addition, we have other fabulous groups to collaborate with. New energy and prayers for the on-going recovery process of the Tohoku area in Japan - even 5 years since the disaster.

Our concert will held on Sunday, September 18, beginning at 2 pm. The concert will consist of Japanese taiko drumming and dance Performances plus a raffle. Part of the proceeds will be donated to benefit Sendai Tsunami Relief Effort. The concert will be held at the CSUEB University Theater, CSUEB Hayward. Parking will be free. We recommend using lots K and L.

Our special guests include:

  • Kamo Tsunamura Daiko from Sendai, Japan

  • Chhandam Indian Dance

  • Bandelion Dance and Theater

  • CSUEB LEEP Taiko

Advance tickets $20 (adults), $15 (seniors 65+/children -10)
Door tickets $25 (adults), $20 (seniors/children)
Tickets available through members or by emailing: Tickets @ Eden Aoba Taiko

We welcome the assistance of our special guests - Representatives of the SF Cherry Blossom Court who are assisting us with the raffle.

This organization is supported by a grant from the Alameda County Arts Commission ARTSFUND grants.

What is Taiko

Taiko (太鼓?) means "drum" in Japanese. Outside Japan, the word is often used to refer to any of the various Japanese drums (和太鼓, "wa-daiko", "Japanese drum", in Japanese) and to the relatively recent art-form of ensemble taiko drumming.

A Short History

Eden Aoba Taiko was formed in 1997 to promote the Japanese musical art of Taiko drumming under the direction of Masa Fukuizumi. The group started with 6 people and increased to 50 by the end of the year. Members' ages range from 6 years old to more than 80. We believe that Taiko is for everyone, no matter what your age.

Our Taiko philosophy is to have fun drumming and enhance self-expression, self-esteem, and self-confidence. It is also our goal to enrich disciplines such as respect, harmony, unity and modesty through drumming with others.

Learning taiko takes time. There are no short cuts or simple ways. It is very similar to life: ups and downs, bends and straights. It requires patience. Taiko is mental training with physical strength. So long as you practice you will get better...and then comes fun.