Photo credit: Stephen Kimmel (April 2017 at Morris Arboretum

Photo credit: Stephen Kimmel (April 2017 at Morris Arboretum)

“Doro Kara Don Don Don”:  If you can say it, you can play it!




Beta Fundamentals – Tuesday, August 27 from 6:00-9:00 pm

Repertoire Piece* – Wednesday, August 28 from 6:00-9:00 pm

Place: KyoDaiko’s studio in the Defensive Arts Center at 3901 Conshohocken Ave., Phila. 19131

Cost: $75 per workshop

Details: People can do either or both days.

Eitetsu Hayashi will have 2 of his Fu-un no Kai members with him as well. He teaches in Japanese, but we’ll have Joe Small there as translator. (Joe has studied and toured with Eitetsu.)

*For the repertoire piece, Eitetsu gives permission for groups to perform it IF they practice the material afterwards and later get the OK from either Eitetsu himself or the nearest Fu-in no Kai member (for us that’s Joe).

We have several spots open and it’s first come first served. The cost is $75 per workshop payable in cash or check the day of (payable to “Friends of the Japanese House & Garden-TAIKO). Email us at to register.


2019 Beginner Taiko Session 6

Try taiko with our ongoing Beginner Taiko Drumming classes. Each class session runs for 4 weeks.

Thursdays, 6:30-8:00 pm
September 5, 12, 19 & 26
Cathi Tillman, Instructor

This session will focus on the dramatic “odaiko” style of drumming where the drum is put up on a tall stand with the drum head perpendicular to the ground. We will teach you everything from proper stance, how to hold the drum sticks, and striking technique and styles, in addition to teaching you about the history and traditions of taiko.

Classes are open to adults of all ages, musical backgrounds and experience. In fact, no experience is necessary. Children 12 and over are also welcome with parental supervision.

Wear comfortable clothing and non-slip shoes like sneakers. It’s a good workout, so you may want to bring a bottle of water too.

LOCATION: Classes take place at our dojo in the Defensive Arts Center, located within the Greenbriar Club Apartments Complex at 3901 Conshohocken Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19131. Entrance to the complex is across W Country Club Rd.

COST: Instructional Fee – $60 for each 4-week session

REGISTRATION: Please register for the class at this page: Beginner Taiko Class Registration


Session 7 – Shime: October 3, 10, 17, 24 (no class October 31st)
Session 8 – Naname: November 7, 14, 21, and December 5

For more information on classes, contact KyoDaiko at
For registration assistance, contact Shofuso staff at

Playing taiko is a lot of fun and is also a great workout, we hope you’ll join us soon!